Whopper of the Week: Dick Armey 

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Nov. 2 2001 1:06 PM

Whopper of the Week: Dick Armey 

 

 

"Representative Dick Armey of Texas, the majority leader, used a floor speech to urge colleagues to support the president's [airport security] plan, which he said had already resulted in 'unprecedented conditions of safety.' "—Lizette Alvarez, "Bush's Approach on Plane Security Chosen by House," Nov. 2 New York Times

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" 'Someone may undergo strict security in Kansas Citywhile someone else can slip a pistol by screeners in New Orleans. This is intolerable,' [Transportation Secretary Norman] Mineta said, referring to an incident last week in which a man made it through security in New Orleans and onto a flight while inadvertently carrying a loaded gun in his briefcase. … Earlier this month, FAA inspector general agents found a man who passed through a metal detector at DullesInternationalAirportwith a knife in his shoe. Late last month, a man got through a metal detector in Atlantaand realized before boarding that he had a pistol in his pocket."—Juliet Eilperin and Greg Schneider, "Airport Security Crackdown Ordered," Oct. 31 Washington Post

Got a whopper? Send it to  chatterbox@slate.com. To be considered, an entry must be an unambiguously false statement paired with an unambiguous refutation, and both must be derived from some appropriately reliable public source. Preference will be given to newspapers and other documents that Chatterbox can link to online.

Whopper Archive:
Oct. 26, 2001: George W. Bush
Oct. 19, 2001: State Department Deputy Spokesman Philip Reeker
Oct. 12, 2001: Clarence Thomas
Oct. 5, 2001: Abdul Salam Zaeef
Sept. 27, 2001: Karl Rove, Ari Fleischer, and Dick Cheney
Sept. 20, 2001: Larry C. Johnson
Sept. 13, 2001: Yasser Arafat
Sept. 7, 2001: Tommy Thompson
Aug. 30, 2001: HHS spokesman Bill Pierce
Aug. 23, 2001: Variety Editor Peter Bart
Aug. 17, 2001: Tom Daschle
Aug 10, 2001: Robert Mueller
Aug. 3, 2001: Barbara Olson
July 27, 2001: Jeffrey Archer
July 20, 2001: George W. Bush
July 13, 2001: George W. Bush
July 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone
June 29, 2001: David Brock
June 22, 2001: Edmund Morris
June 15, 2001: George W. Bush
June 8, 2001: Nepali Prince Regent (subsequently, King) Gyanendra
June 1, 2001: Mary McGrory
May 25, 2001: Ari Fleischer
May 18, 2001: York, Pa., Mayor Charles Robertson
May 11, 2001: Ted Olson
May 4, 2001: Rear Admiral Craig Quigley
April 27, 2001: Ben Affleck
April 20, 2001: South Carolina state legislator Chip Limehouse
April 13, 2001: Gray Davis
April 6, 2001: Sumner Redstone
March 30, 2001: Spencer Abraham
March 23, 2001: George W. Bush, Rep. Jennifer Dunn, and/or the Treasury Department
March 16, 2001: George W. Bush
March 9, 2001: Russ Freyman, spokesman, National Association of Manufacturers
March 2, 2001: Paul O'Neill
Feb. 23, 2001: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Feb. 16, 2001: Oscar spokesman John Pavlik
Feb. 9, 2001: Lynne Cheney
Feb. 2, 2001: Bobby Thomson
Jan. 26, 2001: Denise Rich

 

 

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