Monday, August 26, 2013

2.7: Red Team III

Last season the episode that needed little-to-no fact checking was the one where they covered Osama Bin Laden's downfall (coincidentally, also episode 7). This season it looks like this is that episode. It was a great episode, and while it didn't have the historical resonance that the one from last season did, it also worked to propel us into Benghazi and the poor reporting that happened throughout the country in that debacle. The way they explain away their own poor reporting in that case is perfect, and also gives an opportunity to correct it first and win back the trust of the public. But, that's just a guess.

The fact is that Will's bits of trivia are accurate, and Don's amazing quotation of the exceptional resignation letter by Representative Thaddeus McCotter is also properly represented. He resigned amid a scandal involving fraudulent petitions. The representation that 30% of soldiers treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center have Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI's) seems to be close enough to accurate based on page 28 of this study. And yes, Jim's reading of federal law regarding chemical weapons is accurate.

And finally, based on the seven-or-so minute cut-up I watched of it on YouTube the night after the Benghazi attack (it only had about 700 hits at the time, now every iteration has at least a million), the film that was blamed for causing the attack for some time was absolutely horrible. It had no value, artistic or otherwise, and I will not link to it here. If you want to watch it, just Google it.

Brian William Waddell is a foodie, beer geek, and author. His numerous blog posts range from food to politics. He also has a book of poetry, Fractured Prose, available here, and is ready to publish his second poetic endeavor.

1 comment:

  1. This is not OT with this comment, but just thought you might enjoy this bit of trivia. While operation Genoa is not real, a news organization falsely reporting unlawful use of Sarin gas by US forces did happen, at least according to Wikipedia:
    "1998: In the US, Time Magazine and CNN ran false news stories alleging that in 1970 U.S. Air Force A-1E Skyraiders engaged in a covert operation called Operation Tailwind, in which they deliberately dropped sarin-containing weapons on U.S. troops who had defected in Laos. CNN and Time Magazine later retracted the stories and fired the producers responsible."