As a result of the false accusations, the NAACP, the head of the USDA, holy crap Bill O'Reilly, and even Obama apologized. Sherrod was offered a new position, which presumably included the world's only "Sorry we didn't take your word over the word of that ACORN video guy" Hallmark card. She declined them all, but she did sue Andrew Breitbart, who settled out of court.
"Sooooooooo ... you guys saw the full video, huh?"
Not that she got to rub it in Breitbart's face -- he died before the court case was settled. And a proud legacy you have left behind, good sir!
Dan Quayle's Comment About "Learning Latin To Communicate with Latin Americans" Was Made Up By The Media
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Vice President Dan Quayle was the George W. Bush of the late '80s -- a wacky gaffe machine. For example, he once argued with a 12-year-old about the correct way to spell "potato." Yet one of his most famous brain farts was the result of some truly bullshit reporting.
Rhode Island Representative Claudine Schneider told some other Republicans that she and Quayle were at an event at the Belgian Embassy when she received a compliment on her French fluency from Quayle. He supposedly went on to say that he "was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people." Get it?
Even his official photo looks like he knows someone is making fun of him.
Of course, she ended the conversation by saying she was joking, but amazingly, a ton of respected journalists ran with the story as completely true. Keep in mind, this was back in 1989, before our news evolved into "unsubstantiated things someone might have heard once."
Newsday said that, "all of Washington was telling and retelling the apparently true story of how Quayle remarked to Rep. Claudine Schneider that he wished he'd studied Latin more diligently ..." The Chicago Tribune quipped that, "a language fumble by Vice President Dan Quayle apparently has a congresswoman red-faced in embarrassment." Newsweek and Time both fell for it, with Newsweek even expressing "glee over Dan Quayle's recent bloopers." Who cares that the sole source of the quote was a person stating it wasn't true -- making fun of Quayle was too much fun to resist. Just like harmless old Donald Trump, right guys?
Oh, and remember that potato thing we mentioned earlier? Misleading at best. It turns out the teacher had spelled potato with an "e" on the flash card, and none of Quayle's aides noticed the error either. Hey, did you know Dan Quayle has a law degree, and that you need to know how to spell all kinds of shit to get one of those?
His mom probably even hung it on the fridge.
It doesn't matter. Serving in office is like being on a reality show; if the producers decide they need you to be the douchebag roommate, that's how it's going to come out in editing. The public wants to be told a story.
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