In “Don’t believe a word of it!,” John comments on Calvin Woodward’s disguised editorial on President Bush’s speech at the Naval Academy yesterday. Several readers have written to point out Woodward’s apparent unfamiliarity with the audience, whom he referred to as “cadets.” Liz Culley, for example, writes:
The US Military Academy (West Point) and the Air Force Academy have cadets. The Naval Academy has midshipmen…I would expect a reporter actually at the Naval Academy to cover a speech to midshipman to get that right…at least if he actually condescended to speak to someone in the military. I guarantee any midshipman would have very quickly corrected him.
Thanks to all who wrote on this point.