The good news: NPR’s radio quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” quoted a recent Palm Beach Post food story on local chefs’ reactions to the World Health Organization study on the carcinogenic dangers of processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs.
The bad news: Wait wait…they got the quote wrong.
On the popular show, contestants are read a quote from the week’s headlines and are asked to identify what the quote is about. On last weekend’s show, broadcast from Des Moines, Iowa, newsman Bill Curtis read this quote: “‘Oh my God. Everything is bad for us.'” Then host Peter Sagal asked a panelist, “That was a chef in Florida reacting to news that ‘what’ might cause cancer?”
The actual quote in food editor Liz Balmaseda’s story came from Boca Raton’s MEAT Eatery & Taproom chef/co-owner George Patti, who said, “Oh my God. Everything causes cancer.”
Hey, it’s OK, NPR. We’ll just call it paraphrasing.