The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, June 25, 2007

K(a)FKA-esque in Colorado

Judging from this Media Matters page, Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) is one staunch, reliable Republican. A few of the headlines:

*On KFKA's* Amy Oliver Show, Allard chief of staff distorted Democratic position on alternative minimum tax

*KFKA's Oliver let Allard mischaracterize Democratic Iraq spending bill

*Newspapers failed to report withdrawal of Allard's ID-theft amendment, which they covered instead of his proposal to abolish federal minimum wage

Hack, ideologue, and propagandist, surrounded by same. But the senator's office had one of those unfortunate I-accidentally-told-the-truth moments while trying to find words of praise for firefighters, paramedics, and other useless nobodies.

It came from the office of U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., who has introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate Sept. 25 as National First Responder Appreciation Day:

"First responders in Colorado have recently provided critical services in the face of blizzards and tornados [sic?]. Since I don't think first responders have really done anything significant in comparison to their counterparts who have dealt with real natural disasters, I have no idea what else to say here."

Allard's quote in a press release sent at 2:53 p.m. Thursday

"Please pardon my typo."

Steve Wymer Allard's press secretary, in a news release titled "CORRECTION!" sent seven minutes later with Allard's actual quote praising first responders. Wymer said he was joking around with another staffer in developing the quote when he accidentally sent the first release. "Clearly, those aren't the words of the senator," said a contrite Wymer. "I really apologize about the mistake."

*KFKA is a right-wing talk radio station in Colorado-- although you have to love the apt call letters of a station that trades in disinformation.