Autocorrect run wild

A history lesson from Robert Stacy McCain, somewhat undone by typos, or whatever:

The situation in Honduras took at bad turn about 10 years ago. Manuel Zelaya was elected president in 2006 as a liberal reformer, but in office began forming alliances with the Castro regime in Cuba and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. When he proposed a referendum to change the Constitution in Honduras, the military resisted. Zelaya was overthrown and sent into exile, and the Obama administration shrugged.

Thereafter, it goes troppo:

There is no magic formula that can cure the problems of Honduras. A rhetoric of “democracy” and “human rights” serves only to foster the delusion that there is something we, as Americans, can do to solve problems we did not actually cause, but for which we are unfairly blamed. Describing the ouster of Zendaya as a “U.S.-backed coup,” for example, is misleading, making it seem as if Obama did this through a CIA plot. As much as I hate to give any credit to Obama or Hillary Clinton, they were confronted with a difficult situation in Honduras and accepting the post-coup government as legitimate was probably the best thing to do.

Huh? How was Zendaya, a fearsomely beautiful singer/actress, ousted in a U.S.-backed coup?

The misprint goes on and on:

If it is true that Hillary opposed Zendaya’s restoration because of concerns that he might follow the path of Chavez in Venezuela, she deserves either credit for her wisdom or blame for her folly, but you can’t have it both ways. Personally, as a conservative, I’m inclined to say she did the right thing, and however bad things are in Honduras now, they would be much worse if Zendaya had gone in the direction of Chavez.

A couple of the commenters fell victim to the same syndrome.

Zendaya at a Vivienne Westwood show in 2016

Does this look like an ousted Central American dictator to you?


  1. fillyjonk »

    7 July 2019 · 6:47 pm

    Something similar: “An appropriate instruction limiting the judge’s criminal liability in such a prosecution must be given sea sponge explaining that certain acts or omissions by themselves are not sufficient to support a conviction.”

    I have a printout of it up on my office door – someone sent it to me years ago – as a piece of evidence about the dangers on relying on spellchecker ALONE for proofreading. (I have received more papers than I care to count where the student found-and-replaced “predation” – not in most word processor dictionaries – with “perdition” – which apparently is.

    I mean, I know a LITTLE theology, but….

  2. Wombat-socho »

    13 July 2019 · 10:14 pm

    I’d enlist in her revolution.

  3. The Other McCain »

    13 July 2019 · 11:49 pm

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