Tuesday, March 28, 2006


On this morning's The Today Show, Campbell Brown was starting an dual interview with Lou Dobbs and some woman whose name I did not catch on the immigration issue. Brown started with Dobbs , leading into the interview by trying to give us a flavor for how intense he has been on the issue. To do so, she said, "You have literally had smoke coming out of you ears when discussing this issue." I'm paraphrasing, but not the "literally" part.

Shouldn't a news anchor on the highest-rated morning news show in the country, especially one who has hopes of being named to the top spot soon, not be so careless? Am I being a stickler for wanting the media to know that Dobbs most certainly hasn't ever literally had smoke coming out of his ears? I don't think I am.


Until Whenever


Roger Owen Green said...

Oh, but I've seen Lou Dobbs and sometimes he literally does seem to have smoke coming out of his ears, as though he's burning fossil fuels to operate his brain. So, it's an understandable mistake.

OK, you're right, of course, but I'm betting (unprovable bet) that the vast majority of her audience either didn't notice and/or makke the same mistake.

Tosy And Cosh said...

I'm sure you're right. We once got a company-wide voice mail at work after a volunteer day that talked about the "literally back-breaking work" that had been done. I laughed long at that one.