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Chryon Image from CNN: Experts agree: Al Qaeda leader is dead or alive.
I love the internet.
I few days ago, someone made note to snap this caption from CNN. Funny isn't it. Experts have determined that Bin Laden is either dead or alive. Yep, those are some high quality experts. Hilarious, isn't it? I mean what group of Ivy-Tower idiots can you conviene to get this type of useful information. Next, you'll find an expert to alert me the sky is blue. Obviously the mainstream media needs bloggerdom to save them from their stupidity. We need citizen reporters to point at CNN and laugh like Nelson Muntz.

Funny thing about that caption. It can be read as a joke.
How do you ask? Well, if I explain a joke, it kills it. But OK, here goes.

Experts Agree: Leader is Dead or Alive.

That's odd. Looking at that statement, the second half of that line contradicts the first half. How can experts agree if they're offering contradictory opinion. You'd expect that second half of that line to say "Leader is Dead" or "Leader is Alive", but not to say "Leader is Dead or Alive."  Having it say "Dead or Alive" is totally the opposite of what you'd expect.
 Saying or presenting something that is the opposite of what is expected... hmm... isn't there a word for something like that? Let me think. Oh yeah, that's right, irony!

Perhaps, just perhaps CNN was using a bit of ironic, almost sarcastic humor, at the expense of its experts. We'll never know until we someone can get us audio or a transcript of the segment. That's something I know the blogosphere is well suited for. They'd never resort to just pointing and laughing like Nelson Muntz.

Anyway, I decide to present this alternate explanation to the world. For that, what do I get? A nice new fan by the name of Andrea Harris. Great with math, too. Harris almost got my age right. But that's OK. I love getting new fans. I feel this is going to be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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rtfirefly
Feb. 2nd, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Well isn't it obvious? Bush once said bin Laden was "wanted, dead or alive," and he's still dead or alive, which is the way Bush wants him, so that must mean Bush still wants him.

At least he's not dead AND alive; I'd hate to think he'd become Schrodinger's Terrorist.
sterlingnorth
Feb. 2nd, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
Now that you say that...
Harris gave the smartest comment to the person who said bin Laden is Schrodinger's terrorist.

Maybe Harris was being ironic when she was posting about me.

Nah... obviously no one uses irony anymore.
incendiarymind
Feb. 2nd, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
If BinLaden has found a way to transcend that though, the terrorists have already won. :)

So, CNN is just confirming that he is indeed mortal.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 6th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
A CNN mistake
I took this photo in the US in September 2002. It was an error by CNN which they corrected seconds after I snapped it. It won the runner-up Notable Quotable (http://www.mrc.org/notablequotables/bestof/2002/best13-15.asp) for 2002:

The full version of the photo is here (http://www.scandal.org/images/photos/big/deadoralive.jpg):

cheers

M.
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