This Week in Doublespeak

Every commentator and comic in the world has already jumped on the delicious phrase that emerged last week from the camp of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl. It seems almost unfair to pile on. Kyl is clearly the lesser of Arizona’s senators – which at this point is saying something – and I think maybe comes from a line of less-than-bright people, judging by the fact that his name seems to be missing more than one important letter.

Still…to claim in a very public setting, based on nothing, that abortion is “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does,” when the real number is 3…and then, facing an outcry over the falsehood, to issue a statement saying that

his remark was not intended to be a factual statement

…well, that is just all-time great, up there with “It was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it” or Oliver North’s legendary “It wasn’t entirely false, just false.” Good work, J.K.; well over 90 percent of my hat is off to you.

2 Responses to “This Week in Doublespeak”

  1. Merle Baggard Says:

    Blatanly lying, the senate floor no less. Should be an censurable offence.

  2. bill Says:

    As George Costanza said, “It’s not a lie if you believe it.”

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