How could they fall for it

  Kevscar1 15:29 PM 13 Jul 13
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  fourm member 16:50 PM 13 Jul 13

I've seen a lot about this ranging from outrage to mirth.

The answer to your question is that this is TV news these days. The mistake was made by an intern (presumably unpaid) and wasn't spotted because what matters is to get the news out first in the competitive world of rolling news and there isn't the money or time to check before broadcast.

This one stands out but these sort of errors make it to air every day.

  Al94 16:50 PM 13 Jul 13

Being American might have something to do with it.

  lotvic 18:27 PM 13 Jul 13

Yet another example of an 'ID ten T' error. doh!

  Forum Editor 10:44 AM 14 Jul 13

Al94

"Being American might have something to do with it."

Really, why?

Similar things happen here, and no doubt there are equally prejudiced Americans who say 'Being British might have something to do with it'.

  Kevscar1 11:00 AM 14 Jul 13

Being too lazy to do their jobs properly is more likely the answer

  Pine Man 11:12 AM 14 Jul 13

Please don't give me grief for posting this BUT, sick though it is, it did make me smile.

  Al94 12:02 PM 14 Jul 13

Similar things happen here, and no doubt there are equally prejudiced Americans who say 'Being British might have something to do with it'.

That may well be the case howerver in my experience of mixing with large numbers of Americans and other nationalities on holiday - I never cease to be amazed at the inane mind-blowingly stupid questions that are asked and they are invariably always by people from that nation. In fairness the fact is often alluded to by many of their "more normal" fellow countrymen.

Could happen with any country - just going by personal experience - many times.

  Forum Editor 13:48 PM 14 Jul 13

Al94

"Could happen with any country - just going by personal experience - many times."

This country has its share of people who ask "inane mind-blowingly stupid questions" as well. Your comment was grossly unfair, and offensive to boot.

  Al94 14:01 PM 14 Jul 13

The USA scores the lowest in national average IQ among the developed countries of the world, at a national average score of 98. The data is obtained from IQ and Global Equality by Dr. Richard Lynn (professor of Psychology, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland) and Dr. Tatu Vanhanen (University of Tampere, Finland) who have done extensive research on the subject spanning several years. The national average IQ score of Americans at 98 is below 22 countries (including Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, North Korea and China). The low Intelligence Quotient (IQ) score of United States puts the Americans at a lower intelligence level on an average as compared to the other industrialized nations.

  Forum Editor 19:37 PM 14 Jul 13

Al94

I'm not sure what point you're trying to make by quoting average IQ scores, but in the context of your remarks they are meaningless. In the UK the average IQ score is 100, and as far as some social indicators are concerned (unemployment,divorce,poverty,crime involving a prison sentence,university attendance, and benefit claimants) there is no statistical difference between people with a 98 IQ score and those with 100.

IQ scoring is not a reliable indicator of a person's ability.

"puts the Americans at a lower intelligence level on an average as compared to the other industrialized nations."

No, it doesn't. Australia, Denmark, and Norway all have the same average IQ as America, and Canada comes lower, at 97.

Beware of making generalisations like yours - you leave yourself open to having your argument derailed.

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