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The stoo-PID-ih-tee of the White House press corps

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 26, 2007 08:48 AM

Some members of the Washington press corps are tittering over a snafu that led the United Nations to publish a draft copy of President Bush’s U.N. speech yesterday on the United Nations website. The draft was marked up and included the cell phone numbers of some of Bush’s speechwriters.

But, more importantly, to the Bush-hating MSM, the draft included phonetic spellings of countries and world leaders. Perfect fodder for the anti-Bush journalists: He can’t even pronounce “Kyrgyzstan [KEYRgeez-stan]” without help! Cackled one writer:

President Bush concluded his remarks several minutes ago, and I just got my hands on the text of his speech. Several of the foreign names in the draft include handy phonetic pronunciations. Want to talk like the president? Here’s how to do it:

* Kyrgyzstan [KEYR-geez-stan]
* Mauritania [moor-EH-tain-ee-a]
* Harare [hah-RAR-ray]
* Mugabe [moo-GAH-bee]
* Sarkozy [sar-KO-zee]
* Caracas [kah-RAH-kus]

Oddly, there are no training wheels in the draft for the toughest name of all: that of Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, which I can’t even pronounce.

Will the nightly news anchors also pile on? If they do, they have some chutzpah. It’s routine for teleprompter scripts to phoneticize proper names and locations.

Show me one of Katie Couric’s scripts that doesn’t have phonetic spellings and I’ll show you a newspaper that doesn’t have corrections every single day of the year.


Update: American media all-stars dine with A-jad.

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Categories: Bush Derangement Syndrome, Moonbats