Mourning In America

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Monday, April 04, 2005
Message Undiscipline I can't find a transcript (honestly, I didn't look too hard), but this classic moment from Fox News's Saturday-night coverage of the Pope's death should not be allowed to pass without comment. Anchor Jim Angle was doing his best to hew to the party line of comparing the Pope to Ronald Reagan.

Unfortunately, his guest wasn't briefed on the gameplan, and Angle wasn't bothering to listen for an appropriate opening. Mirth ensued:

PAPAL EXPERT: One thing to keep in mind is that the pope had incredible language skills -- he was comfortable speaking in eight languages, so when he made these trips and spoke to people, he could speak in their own language. He used those skills to make his message more effective.

ANGLE: Much like Ronald Reagan used his acting skills to make his message more effective.

EXPERT: Sort of, although, of course, Reagan only spoke the one language.