May 27, 2009

BILL O’REILLY SMEARS HOT AIR. “Bottom line for me: if the O’Reilly Factor can’t figure out the difference between a blog post and a comment, they have no business opining about the Internet at all.” Indeed. O’Reilly should apologize.

UPDATE: Reader Juliette Akinyi Ochieng (who blogs here) writes:

About ‘Hussein’:

If the president had been born in Kenya, his name would be ‘Barack Hussein’ or he would have a Luo surname other than ‘Obama.’ My father–also a Luo–spells out the custom here–in short, Luo offspring do not take the last name of their fathers, but receive their own surname. But because he was born in the US, he has the surname of his father (a patronymic).

Same thing with me: because I was born in the US, rather than in Kenya, I have the same surname as my father. Had I been born in Kenya, my name would be “Juliette Akinyi.” (One more thing: I started using my entire name because Kenyans would hear “Juliette Ochieng” and look at me oddly: in the Luo tribe, male surnames begin with ‘O’ and female surnames begin with ‘A.’)

As is often the case, O’Reilly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

You’d think he’d get producers who could keep things like the difference between blog posts and blog comments straight, though. Unlike Luo nomenclature, that’s not exactly an obscure distinction.

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