The other day I mocked David Frum for saying:
If anything were to happen to a President McCain, the destiny of the free world would be placed in the hands of a woman who until the day before Friday was a small-town mayor
As I said: “Well, he didn’t say which Friday.”
Frum is now blaming a copy editor:
In my National Post piece, linked below, I described Sarah Palin as a person who “until the day before yesterday,” was serving as a small-town mayor. Some helpful copy-editor decided it would be more exact to change “the day before yesterday” to “the day before Friday.” That alteration transformed my deliberate hyperbole into a flat-out error. Of course I am aware that Sarah Palin was the governor of Alaska the day before yesterday – and indeed that she remains the governor of Alaska today, and my apologies that the final copy said otherwise.
That’s what I like about blogging: all the mistakes are mine!
Sorry to have to tell you this, Dave, but so is this one — at least in part. Obviously the copy editor was fooled by the “hyperbole.” Chances are a not-insignificant number of less informed readers would have been fooled by the original language as well.
Frum could have avoided this by being less cute and dismissive and more, well, honest.
In other words: maybe next time lay off the hyperbole and you won’t end up looking like such a jackass.