Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

February 20, 2006

Reporter Pulls a “Bushism”

Filed under: — Different River @ 6:59 pm

Remember a few years ago how reporters were making fun of President Bush for the way he pronounced the word “nuclear”? Well, at least he didn’t say a word that meant something completely different, like this reporter covering President Bush’s visit to a battery factory:

During his visit to Johnson Controls’ new hybrid battery laboratory, Bush checked out two Ford Escapes – one with a nickel-metal-hybrid battery, the kind that powers most hybrid-electric vehicles, and one with a lithium-ion battery, which Johnson Controls believes are the wave of the future.

Umm….. folks, there’s no such thing as a “nickel-metal-hybrid” battery. I’m pretty sure he meant “nickel metal-hydride,” which is the kind of battery used in today’s hybrid cars.

Unlike “nuclear” and “nuculear” which are different pronunciations of the same word even though one is arguably incorrect, “hybrid” and “hydride” are completely different words.

“Hybrid” means “something having two kinds of components that produce the same or similar results.” A “Hydride” is a type of ligand with a metal-hydrogen bond. A “hybrid” has as much to do with a “hydride” as a camel has to do with a toenail.

Of course, don’t expect the so-called “Bushism” ridicule to stop, and don’t expect anybody to start making fun of this reporter for his malapropism. Stupid mistakes only count if they’re made by a Republican.

3 Responses to “Reporter Pulls a “Bushism””

  1. ollie Says:

    “Stupid mistakes only count if they’re made by a Republican.” :)

    D. R.: are you spending time in the same country that I am? Ever hear of Coulter, Will, Thomas, Sowell, Limbaugh, Hannity (sp), etc.???

    Interestingly enough, there was an internet post (which I linked to) that showed Bush in a debate with Ann Richards when he was running for governor. He actually sounded articulate! Believe it or not, there was a time when I actually liked the guy (though I voted for Gore, I thought, at that time, we had two good choices).

    Also, I thought he did a good job with the post Katrina speech, and with his remarks when he was at the G-8 (?) summit when the bombs in London went off. In the latter case, it appeared that *he* was speaking from the heart and not being under the control of Rove, Cheney and the rest.

  2. Different River Says:

    Yes, there are conservative voices out there. However, Coulter, Sowell, and so on do not have nearly the exposure of CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, etc.

    And also, the presences of non-liberal (including, but not limited to, conservative) voices in the news media is a fairly new phenomenon — and it’s mostly restricted to the “commentary” side of the business. The supposedly “straight news” still has a decidedly liberal slant.

    For example, it as considered “straight news” that Bush was supposedly an illiterate who couldn’t pronounce “nuclear” and thought Jesus was his favorite “philospher.” (Why didn’t the Christians riot over that characterization? Surely the Muslims would have if someone said Muhammed was a (mere) philosopher.)

    Likewise, in 1988, it was big news whenever Dan Quayle said anything even slightly odd, even if it turned out that (a) it was correct, or (b) he didn’t actually say it. But when then-VP-candidate Gore said “a leopard can’t change its stripes” it was not mentioned at all. (Leopards don’t have stripes; they have spots.)

  3. ollie Says:

    Quayle: there was a collection of things that Quayle was supposed to have said. Then in 2000, these things were being passed around on the internet; the exact same quotes! But this time, Gore was to have said them.

    So, my guess is that you are right about Quayle not having said some of the things that were attributed to him, though I don’t have a source to back it up.

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