Friday, February 04, 2011

Reading is fundamental(ist)

Gotchas sometimes rebound on the gotcha-caller, but we have an extra layer of "gotcha" in this from Media Matters:
Fox Nation that claims Obama "misquoted a familiar Bible verse" during his address yesterday:
President Obama misquoted a familiar Bible verse during a faith-based address at the National Prayer Breakfast.

"Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint," the president said during a speech to several thousand people at the breakfast.

But the actual passage, from Isaiah 40:31, states: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Somewhat ironically, while Fox Nation appears to be positioning themselves as the arbiters of authentic Christianity, they seem unfamiliar with the fact that there is more than one version of the Bible.

Obama was quoting from the New International Version, while Fox Nation was pointing to the King James Version to "debunk" him.

This would be funny if it weren't so pathetic.
The links are taken from the MM post.

However, if one follows their link to the NIV version, then -- always assuming the Fox quote of Obama is correct -- he did "botch" the verse. He omitted the part about "will renew their strength."

So, we could ask why MM can't read its own sources; but perhaps the better question is, since when is it anything unusual or newsworthy to skip a phrase when reciting from memory?

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