Fox News Makes Stuff Up, Part 294

Fox News says:

President Obama has declared Aug. 26 — which marks the 91st anniversary of the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote — to be "Women's Equality Day." 

Wrong.  Congress decided that August 26th is Women’s Equality Day.  In 1971.  Obama is merely following in the path of past presidents.

UPDATE:  Oh dear.  The ankle-biter over at Patterico is all in a tizzy over my post, apparently still obsessed with me while pretending not to be.  

He seems to think that *I* think the news story is slanderous of Obama.  Oy.

My point, which needs to be spelled out for some mouth breathers, is that Fox News got the story wrong.  President Obama did not declare Aug 26 to be Women's Equality Day.  That was done by Congress, a relevant fact that I assert Faux News omitted in order to make it look like this was Obama's doing.  (It's called red meat for the conservative masses).

Aaron would like to suggest that "declare" is synonymous with "proclaim".  However, they are NOT bilaterally synonymous.  When you declare something, you state it formally, for the first time.  As in "declaring bankruptcy" or "declaring war".  Proclaim CAN mean the same as "declare" in that sense, but "proclaim" can also mean a mere affirmation of something already existing.  "Declare", on the other hand, cannot.

It is incorrect to say that Obama formally "declared" something, unless that thing did not exist prior to his declaration.  Since Women's Equality Day had already been declared as August 26, Obama merely affirmed it by proclamation.

Other writers seem to understand the difference between "declare" and "proclaim", and can use them in a grammatically correct manner.  But the ankle-biter does not.  Then again, he has reading comprehension problems, so he gets a pass.

UPDATE #2:  On the other hand, another reader points out something obvious that I regrettably overlooked… i.e., that the story came from Reuters.  So Fox News didn't fashion the story in a way to make it red meat for its readers.  On the other hand, the story is poorly written and grammatically incorrect, and I can see why it appears that Fox, and ONLY Fox, seemed to pick it up.

  10 comments for “Fox News Makes Stuff Up, Part 294

  1. August 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    wow, the stupidity was so luminescent in this post that i decided to give it a mention over at patterico’s.

    you do know that the words “proclaim” and “declare” are synyonyms.

    Seriously, are you stupid, or just a liar. inquiring minds and all that.

  2. Mrbarney
    August 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    What an Idiot, Here’s the quote from Whitehous.gov:

    “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2011, as Women’s Equality Day. I call upon the people of the United States to celebrate the achievements of women and recommit ourselves to the goal of gender equality in this country.”

    See for yourself:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/08/25/presidential-proclamation-womens-equality-day

  3. August 26, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Golly gee Ken, how’s if feel to be outed for failing high school reading comprehension. Sorry, but Patterico’s right.

    Don’t feel too bad though, we all make mistakes … it’s just that liberals have trouble both comprehending their errors and fessing up to them.

  4. August 26, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    What’s the big deal anyway? For what, exactly, are you faulting FoxNews? You seem to claiming they are smearing Obama by reporting he did something he manifestly DID do.

    Weird ax for you to pick to grind. As outrages go, this is pretty unrageous.

  5. Steve
    August 27, 2011 at 1:34 am
  6. Richard Blaine
    August 27, 2011 at 11:21 am

    “NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 26, 2011, as Women’s Equality Day.”

    “…the story came from Reuters. “

    Stop digging!

  7. Dictionary
    August 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    pro·claim  (pr-klm, pr-)
    tr.v. pro·claimed, pro·claim·ing, pro·claims
    1. To announce officially and publicly; declare.

  8. Duh
    August 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Stupid blog post. Stupid blog war.

    Are you all friends or are you all socks?

    Why is Aaron Worthing obsessed with this blog and why doesn’t Patterico care about the hate his co-bloggers and commenters bestow upon the k-man?

    Is this 4chan crap, too?

    Why would you care what Aaron Worthing writes when he doesn’t even link to you?

    Why do you spend so much time at Patterico website?

  9. Duh
    August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Dustin sure is fat, isn’t he?

    http://encyclopediadramatica.ch/File:New_Cyde.jpg

  10. Tex Lovera
    August 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    A DOUBLE fail for Ken.

    Wah, wah, wah, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh…….

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