[Ads-l] "Day of Infamny" rides again

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Tue Mar 8 01:17:58 UTC 2016

The cover page of Parade magazine for Sunday March 6 features its article on "history lessons" one can learn from American presidential libraries.  Parade itself needs to learn the lessons.  The cover refers to "FDR's 'Day of Infamy' speech".  Of course FDR said "date" of infamy.

More egregiously, Parade's article reproduces on its cover a draft of the beginning of the speech, erroneously writing "Notice where FDR crossed out 'a date that will live in world history' and replaced it with the more famous opening line."  What the cover clearly illustrates is that "date" was not crossed out and replaced with "day".  (What is crossed out is "world history", replaced by "infamy".)  Another error is quoting the draft as using "that"; in the original draft, and retained in the speech, is the word "which'.


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