New Year, Same Old Mainstream Media

Finkelstein, M. (2007). ABC’s ‘sic’ choice suggests belief in afterlife an error. NewsBusters. January 1, 2007. Available online: http://newsbusters.org/node/9898.

“Sic” (“thus”) is a writing device used to distance the writer from an error. It is often used rhetorically to embarrass or ridicule the source of a quote. For instance, if I would say something stupid while misspelling a word, someone else might quote what I say, while writing sic, to focus attention on my poor writing ability. More technically, sic can be used when there is a fear that the reader will mistake a strange usage of the quoted person with that of the editor.

Which makes this disgusting. And sick.


“You were one of my best friends and I will never forget you. All my love and prayers go to your family and I’ll see you again.” (sic)

There is no grammatical error with the quotation — it is composed of two well-formed compound sentences. What the ABC News videographer appears to be distancing himself from — holding up to ridicule — is the belief that a friend will see his own friend — a soldier who died in Iraq — again.

This Richard Dawkins style of atheism — rude and socially inept — is an embarrassment.