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What’s in a word?

Do you think this quotation:
"Heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war."

Has a different meaning than this one:
"Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war."

NPR posted about Donald Rumsfeld's response to a Paul Krugman column about 9/11. For some reason, they left out the word 'fake' when highlighting the column. When I read the NPR piece, I noted to myself that Krugman called Kerik, Bush, and Giuliani heroes, which seemed weird. But he didn't. Why would NPR leave out that word, slightly changing the meaning of the quotation? What angle does that even push?

Streaming Audio of Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris

If you wanted to celebrate today by listening to Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, but you keep missing it on your local NPR station, fear not. Here is a Real Audio version and a streaming web version. Listen away.

Bonus Sedaris Links!
Here's an exploration of different Christmas traditions from around the world.

And if you wondered what Sedaris read this year, here you go.

UPDATE:
Here's an updated streaming version of Santaland Diaries that actually works.