Thursday, December 23, 2010

Fox News calls Elie Wiesel a "Holocaust winner"

As Mediaite notes, Fox News last week referred to Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel -- author of The Night Trilogy -- as a "Holocaust winner."


Sure, everyone makes mistakes, but... wow. And yet are we surprised that Fox News -- and specifically the ridiculous Fox & Friends -- blew it like this?

And it wasn't just the caption. As Jonathan Chait notes, host Gretchen Carlson, one of the network's mindless wonders, referred to Wiesel, a rather well-known figure, as "weasel" instead of "vee-zell." (Watch the clip at Mediaite.)

Disrespectful? Ignorant? Yes and yes.

But it's just the same old Fox News.

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  • She should have known the pronunciation. Per her Wikipedia page, "For the talent competition, Carlson played Zigeunerweisen, the violin composition of Sarasate." Vie sound in both.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:29 PM  

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