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Overmanning (cont)

Further to AP’s eleven-man six-fact fact-check of Sarah Palin, the earnest young lads at George Soros’s “Media Matters” are now fact-checking my mockery of AP’s fact-check. As I’m reminded here, this is the same “Media Matters” that, whenever I guest-host for Rush Limbaugh, assigns three chaps, most of them called Zachary, to sit by the radio waiting to pounce on my every word.

At first I was rather insulted by the comparison: Sarah Palin gets an eleven-man fact-check. I have to make do with a lousy trio. She’s got the Fact-Check Philharmonic Orchestra sawing away behind her, and I have to get by with piano, bass, and drums. But on the other hand my lads land even fewer blows than that vast crowd of salaried AP deadbeats. Their shtick seems to be to type out everything I say as if it’s so self-evidently grotesque it requires no further comment. So I’ve come to look on it as a jolly useful transcription service that, if not for Mr. Soros’s kind generosity, I would have to pay an awful lot of money for. I think of the “Media Matters” stenographers as a trio of Zachary Boswells to my Dr. Johnson.

Still, I’d be interested to know what proportion of jobs created by the “stimulus” are in the booming fact-check sector.

(P.S. For some reason, this headline seems vaguely related: Researchers Create Working Penises For Rabbits)

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.