May 10 2010

Confederacy of Dunces--International Edition

Vicki E. Alger

Here's one for the "You-Just-Can't-Make-This-Stuff-Up" file. In a clever American Spectator column, Daniel Oliver takes aim at Congress, the European Union, the United Nations, in defense of equal educational opportunity for all. Oliver writes,

In this contest, readers are asked to identify the bogus news item. All three items are "reported" in similar style, from The American Spectator News Service. Two of them record actual events reported by other news outlets. (Certain telltale aspects of the real stories have been altered in order to prevent sneaky contestants from finding the items on the web.)

Can you figure out which one's bogus? 1) The European Union Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry announces that taxpayer-subsidized vacations are a new human right; 2) The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) announces the election of the Islamic Republic of Iran to a four-year term on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW); or 3) Congress reauthorizes the Opportunity Scholarship Program, which provides vouchers to poor students in the District of Columbia.

IWF readers will certainly have picked #3. Sad, but true.

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