Skip to comments.ABC's 'Sic' Choice Suggests Belief in Afterlife an Error
Posted on 01/01/2007 5:01:31 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
sic: thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally. - Answers.com definitionAdding religious insult to mortal injury, ABC's coverage of the death of the 3000th US service-person in Iraq seemed to suggest that there was something odd or erroneous in the expression of a traditional belief in the afterlife.
There can be no doubt that the friend was expressing his expectation to see Dustin again in the world to come. That the reference to seeing Dustin again was prefaced by a mention of the family being in the friend's prayers emphasizes that religious faith was being expressed.
"You were one of my best friends and I'll never forget you. All my prayers go to your family and I'll see you again." (sic)
2007-engine-starter ping to Today show list.
ABC News (sic).
I'd appreciate this item being pinged to appropriate religiously-themed ping lists.
Thanks for pinging to the Baptist list.
These are 60's liberals who don't believe in religion that are now in control of the media. Of course they would say this. They are Godless.
The only one who is (sic) is ABC...
" they are actively engaged with the ACLU and the Democrats to drive organized religion to the margins of society. "
Correction: They are actively engaged with the ACLU and the democrats (can't bring myself to capitalize) to drive *Christian* religion to extinction -- while heading the movement to have muslim (*ditto*) be part of every school curriculum....
You are of course right, I stand corrected.
ABC news is sic sic sic. With Katy at the helm they'll never recover.
I guess we "already knew" that was going to happen. :>)
ABC News, sic 'em boy!
NYer, please ping the Catholic Ping list
What, if anyone's heard, is ABC's official response to this? Why did they put that "sic" there? Looking forward to reading their excuses!
I think the error that is being noted is the structure of the last sentence.
However, I find it to be a needless exercise for broadcast purposes.
I did send an email to ABC about this, but would be surprised to receive a response. If I do I'll certainly post it.
Ms. Ashwari-Jennings and rotting-terrorist Arafat:
"If the stupid dhimmi had only invoked Allah
then ABC would not have added its, and our, own commentary."
What do you see wrong in the structure of the last sentence that required the 'sic'?
Funny, but I didn't see them do this during clinton's time in office....
"I did not have relations with that woman!" (sic)
This makes me (sic).
"I think the error that is being noted is the structure of the last sentence. "
That's what I thought too, at first, since the purpose of "sic" is to point out mechanical speaking or writing errors. But the structure of that sentence, though perhaps awkward to an English teacher, is nowhere near flawed enough to merit a "sic."
These people are insane and need to be exposed and stopped.
Everybody has an afterlife, even the nutjobs at ABC. Where they'll reside is a matter of conjecture.
I sought out the fuller meaning of (sic) from the Oxford English Dictionary, compact edition. Other than to indicate error the use of (sic) is used, "to guard against a supposition of misquotation."
ABC is indicating that the young man was quoted directly.
I think the error is on Newsbuster's part and us as well. The editor was correct. Of course, that's what they are paid to be.
Perhaps the sic doesn't refer to the afterlife allusion. Perhaps it refers to the reference to prayers going to the family. Normally prayers are directed to God. Just a thought.
But I seen no evidence of possible misquotation here. The only thing an editor might be confused by is whether "see you again" refers to Dustin or to his family.
And, in fact, when was the last time you saw a screen quote with a "sic" next to it?
The editor may have been confused enough to put the "sic" there, but the show producer should have had the sense to take it off.
As the author of the NewsBusters item, I respectfully but strongly disagree. The 'sic' suggests that in ABC's view, there is something so odd or erroneous in the original sentence as to require ABC to make clear that the error is the author's and not ABC's.
Sorry, but can't agree. What is more common than to say "my thoughts and prayers" are with someone?
ABC News (sic).
ABC "News" (sick).
I would also point out that 'sic' is normally inserted immediately after the possible error. Here it was inserted after "see you again," not after the reference to prayers.
NYer, please send to the Catholic Ping list.
"ABC News (sic)" well said. That sums it up.
You can only arrive at that conclusion if that is the one you desire, when the further function of (sic), as found in the Oxford English Dictionary, is considered. To consider the full meaning gives an entirely new view of the editor's possible intent.
What was the editor's response when you ask what his intent was in the use of the notation?
ABC hasn't responded. But please tell me what you believe the possible error or misunderstanding there was in the original sentence that required the 'sic.'
I brought the "sic" to the attention of a senior ABC News reporter with whom I correspond. He said that had it been his segment, he would have "never" inserted the "sic."
"Just wanted to say there is no one else in the world like you and ill [sic!] never find another friend like you." ABC News story
Whatever kid was setting up the graphic probably didn't understand format correctly and put the sic at the end.
Please have a look at the actual screen graphic. 'I'll' is spelled correctly. No need for a 'sic.'
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