In Praise of Precision

In FrontPage Magazine, Dalrymple considers two errors in a recent edition of Le Monde:


An error of the second, altogether more insidious and serious kind crept (for such errors are of the creeping kind) into its reporting of the funeral of the late assassinated dictator of Guinea Bissau, Bernardo (‘Nino’) Viera. It was the more serious because it served to render serious thought difficult or impossible, and prevented, by verbal means, important questions of political philosophy from being even recognised, let alone actually asked. The power of a single word to achieve this end is astonishing.

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