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ABC's 'Sic' Choice Suggests Belief in Afterlife an Error
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

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 definition
Adding 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.

Today's "Good Morning America" focused on the death of Army Specialist Dustin Donica of Texas, believed to be that 3000th serviceman lost in Iraq. Narrating the segment, ABC's Jonathan Karl stated: "The MySpace page he left behind bears the tributes of those whose lives he touched." The screen then displayed the message [shown larger-than-normal here for clarity's sake] from one of those friends:

"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)

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.

But for ABC, traditional religious belief is so odd or erroneous as to require it to add its condescending little sic.

Mark was in Iraq in November. Contact him at mark@gunhill.net


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: abc; afterlife; msm; religion
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1 posted on 01/01/2007 5:01:33 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

2007-engine-starter ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 01/01/2007 5:02:56 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

ABC News (sic).


3 posted on 01/01/2007 5:04:16 AM PST by 6SJ7
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To: All

I'd appreciate this item being pinged to appropriate religiously-themed ping lists.


4 posted on 01/01/2007 5:04:35 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: 6SJ7

Nicely done!


5 posted on 01/01/2007 5:05:19 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; tutstar; del4hope; duckbutt; Fiddlstix; somniferum; WKUHilltopper; ...

Baptist Ping


6 posted on 01/01/2007 5:10:28 AM PST by WKB (Rudy V Hillary= There is no lessor of two liberals.)
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To: WKB

Thanks for pinging to the Baptist list.


7 posted on 01/01/2007 5:11:00 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The big networks, NPR, PBS, CNN, all are filled with people who scoff at religion. They don't even try and hide their disdain anymore.

Not only do they make up their stories to fit their political agenda, they are actively engaged with the ACLU and the Democrats to drive organized religion to the margins of society.
8 posted on 01/01/2007 5:13:20 AM PST by kjo
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


9 posted on 01/01/2007 5:16:22 AM PST by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Fourth Century)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The only one who is (sic) is ABC...


10 posted on 01/01/2007 5:16:53 AM PST by WKUHilltopper
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
ABC: “Still the One!” (sic)
11 posted on 01/01/2007 5:17:01 AM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: kjo

" 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....


12 posted on 01/01/2007 5:23:23 AM PST by Uncle Ike ("Tripping over the lines connecting all of the dots"... [FReeper Pinz-n-needlez])
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To: WKB

Presbyterian ping!!!!


13 posted on 01/01/2007 5:25:50 AM PST by buck61
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To: 6SJ7
"ABC News (sic)."

:-)

14 posted on 01/01/2007 5:26:56 AM PST by haywoodwebb (Don't worry about obama being vice president. Hillary would never have a n-word on her ticket!)
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To: Uncle Ike

You are of course right, I stand corrected.


15 posted on 01/01/2007 5:28:33 AM PST by kjo
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To: 6SJ7

ABC news is sic sic sic. With Katy at the helm they'll never recover.


16 posted on 01/01/2007 5:29:54 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: buck61

Presbyterian ping!!!!



I guess we "already knew" that was going to happen. :>)


17 posted on 01/01/2007 5:34:06 AM PST by WKB (Rudy V Hillary= There is no lessor of two liberals.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
ABC Sic Semper Teranus
18 posted on 01/01/2007 5:37:53 AM PST by Pontiac (All are worthy of freedom, none are incapable.)
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To: saganite
Not that it matters, but Katie is at the helm of cbs (communist broadcasting system). It's all the same anyway. Happy New Year!
19 posted on 01/01/2007 5:39:01 AM PST by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense, don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

ABC News, sic 'em boy!


20 posted on 01/01/2007 5:47:17 AM PST by Ditter
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To: dmw

OOPS!


21 posted on 01/01/2007 5:48:08 AM PST by saganite (Billions and billions and billions-------and that's just the NASA budget!)
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To: 6SJ7
ABC News (sic).

lol....touche!

22 posted on 01/01/2007 5:50:25 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

NYer, please ping the Catholic Ping list


23 posted on 01/01/2007 5:51:25 AM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (The facts of life are conservative -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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!


24 posted on 01/01/2007 5:57:14 AM PST by Moonmad27
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


25 posted on 01/01/2007 5:57:39 AM PST by em2vn
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To: Moonmad27

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.


26 posted on 01/01/2007 5:58:40 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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."


27 posted on 01/01/2007 5:59:32 AM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: em2vn

What do you see wrong in the structure of the last sentence that required the 'sic'?


28 posted on 01/01/2007 5:59:47 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Funny, but I didn't see them do this during clinton's time in office....

"I did not have relations with that woman!" (sic)


29 posted on 01/01/2007 6:02:24 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Did you considered that ABC is so arrogantly stupid they haven't the slightest clue, and really thought "I'll see you again," was erroneous?

Good catch!

30 posted on 01/01/2007 6:05:25 AM PST by sirchtruth (No one has the RIGHT not to be offended...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This makes me (sic).


31 posted on 01/01/2007 6:07:53 AM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: em2vn

"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.


32 posted on 01/01/2007 6:11:22 AM PST by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Everybody has an afterlife, even the nutjobs at ABC. Where they'll reside is a matter of conjecture.


33 posted on 01/01/2007 6:24:46 AM PST by KStorm (Drink Pepsi!)
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To: zook

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.


34 posted on 01/01/2007 6:27:38 AM PST by em2vn
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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.


35 posted on 01/01/2007 6:29:50 AM PST by Lucas McCain (The day may come when the courage of men will fail...but not this day.)
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To: em2vn

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.


36 posted on 01/01/2007 6:32:03 AM PST by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: em2vn

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.


37 posted on 01/01/2007 6:34:27 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: Lucas McCain

Sorry, but can't agree. What is more common than to say "my thoughts and prayers" are with someone?


38 posted on 01/01/2007 6:35:16 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: 6SJ7

ABC News (sic).



ABC "News" (sick).


39 posted on 01/01/2007 6:39:51 AM PST by IM2MAD
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To: Lucas McCain

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.


40 posted on 01/01/2007 6:43:32 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
(sic)
41 posted on 01/01/2007 6:43:40 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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NYer, please send to the Catholic Ping list.


42 posted on 01/01/2007 6:52:41 AM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (The facts of life are conservative -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: 6SJ7

"ABC News (sic)" well said. That sums it up.


43 posted on 01/01/2007 6:52:41 AM PST by Malesherbes
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

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?


44 posted on 01/01/2007 6:53:09 AM PST by em2vn
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What arrogance!


45 posted on 01/01/2007 6:55:01 AM PST by rabidralph (Happy New Year, y'all!)
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To: em2vn

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.'


46 posted on 01/01/2007 6:56:42 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Self-ping.
47 posted on 01/01/2007 7:05:03 AM PST by Iwo Jima ("Close the border. Then we'll talk.")
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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."


48 posted on 01/01/2007 7:12:54 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Intern screwup is my guess. I can't access his myspace page because it's set on private, but an ABC news article quotes the passage you're talking about, and assuming its version is literal, the passage does indeed have a pretty confusing misspelling.

"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.

49 posted on 01/01/2007 7:16:52 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: SpringheelJack

Please have a look at the actual screen graphic. 'I'll' is spelled correctly. No need for a 'sic.'


50 posted on 01/01/2007 7:19:37 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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