News Quiz for Discerning American Spectator Readers

Identify the bogus item.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

May 5th 2010

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.)

Item 1

TAS NEWS SERVICE, MADRID (APR. 15, 2010): Antonio Tajani, … Read more

News Quiz #2

Degree of difficulty: Not too bad, but pay attention.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

May 10th 2010

A number of the contestants in News Quiz #1 (here) complained that it was insultingly easy. News Quiz #2 attempts to address that concern.

Contestants are invited to pick the bogus provision or provisions out of the following paragraphs which have been lifted (with some of the excess verbiage excised) from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), more colloquially known as ObamaCare. The provisions … Read more

News Quiz #3

In a bogus world, what story isn’t bogus?

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 19th 2010

In this contest, readers are again asked to identify the bogus news item. All four items are “reported” in similar style, from The American Spectator News Service (some minor details have been slightly altered). Three of them record actual events. Readers of previous quizzes have been a bit snippy in complaining about the ease of detecting the bogus item. Nevertheless, in News Quiz #2 very few people … Read more

News Quiz #3 Report Card

The identity of our winners may be an issue, but not the identity of the bogus paragraph they astutely fingered.

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

July 26th 2010

In last Monday’s Quiz #3 (here), contestants were asked to identify the bogus paragraph. Although takers of earlier quizzes complained that they were too easy, they would have done better to study harder. In order to get a passing grade to a decent number of the takers of Quiz#2, it had to be graded on … Read more

Operation Mainstreaming

By Daniel Oliver

The American Spectator

January 17th 2011

Following the exhibition currently on display at the taxpayer-funded National Portrait Gallery (“Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture”), the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. is planning several additional exhibitions, including one in March on art and literature celebrating adultery, infidelity, and illegitimacy in America and one later in the year that will compare and contrast adult/pubescent male relationships in the United States and in ancient Greece. The exhibitions are part of a ten-month-long exploration … Read more