More sloppy journalism at Clownhall

Ross McKenzie
(whom I have never heard of before so I assume that he’s been called up from the deep minors to fill Armstrong Williams spot in the batting order) writes:

Leading the charge against American generosity were, among others: the United Nations’ Jan Egeland: “It is beyond me why (the U.S.) is so stingy, really.”

Egeland’s actual quote, minus the parenthesized the U.S.:

Such figures were what prompted Jan Egeland — the United Nations’ emergency relief coordinator and former head of the Norwegian Red Cross — to challenge the giving of rich nations.

“We were more generous when we were less rich, many of the rich countries,” Egeland said. “And it is beyond me, why are we so stingy, really…. Even Christmas time should remind many Western countries at least how rich we have become.”

Egeland told reporters Tuesday his complaint wasn’t directed at any nation in particular.

But Secretary of State Colin Powell clearly took umbrage while making the rounds of the morning television news shows. He said he wished Egeland hadn’t made the comment and reaffirmed that the Bush administration will follow up with assistance that could stretch into the billions of dollars.

So, what really happened is Egeland made his comment and Colin Powell thought Jan was talking about his momma and, you know, this is how gang wars get started. And then Ross got wind of it and figured he could jump in and create a “position” that would get him a $240,000 check from the State Department but so far nothing has shown up in the mailbox and Ross is starting to think that Colin Powell is stingy and the whole thing seems to be spiraling out of control and there is the risk that Ross will invade Colin Powell.

Or at least call him up late at night and insult his momma.

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