Fox takes spelling lessons from Marjorie Taylor Greene, reproduces her alleged ‘Marshall law’ error
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The conservative network aired a live interview with Greene and host Laura Ingraham with a chyron banner on-screen reading “CNN: Majorie Taylor Greene texts Meadows about Marshall law” on its April 27, 2022, episode.
The network apparently was relying on Greene for spelling lessons — because it managed to duplicate her error of using the wrong spelling of one of several worlds that are pronounced the same way but have different spellings and meanings.
Recently revealed texts allegedly sent by Greene to former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows revealed that she suggested imposing “Marshall (sic) law” as a way from Donald Trump to retain power amid his unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall (sic) law. I don’t know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!
Martial law, which is defined by Wikipedia as “imposition of direct military control of normal civil functions or suspension of civil law by a government, especially in response to an emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed,” is, of course, spelled “martial law.”
There’s also a similar word: “Marshal” (with one “L”) that can refer to a military rank or non-military role such as a fire marshal.
“Marshall” (with two “L”s), meanwhile, is a generally accepted spelling of a first name generally given to males.
Because the misspelling appeared in Greene’s original text, it could perhaps be argued that Fox’s spelling was accurately reproducing what was sent.
However, many other outlets placed the incorrect spelling of the word in quotation marks, a common way to indicate that not only is a word or phrase a direct quote but, in some cases, that it’s inaccurate.
Others also used the Latin “sic,” a common way to indicate that the writer is acknowledging the incorrect usage or spelling of a word but is leaving it as is for context.
There is no credible evidence that the 2020 election was stolen or rigged as suggested by numerous Republicans.
In fact, Fox is currently the target of two $1 billion-plus lawsuits over inaccurate claims it allegedly aired about unproven tampering of machines developed and manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic.