Me and the Times: Wrong Again.

NUdear-BB-145x170-no-v.jpgRegarding "Bloomberg: Piranha or Pariah? In or Out?" (June 21), Vickie Campbell writes:

I clearly heard Bloomberg say "piranha," rhyming with "banana." He did not say "pariah."

Thanks for reading, and you are so right. I was trying to answer another reader's question about what exactly New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said yesterday. That reader wrote:

I've been searching in vain for a recording or a transcript of one of Bloomberg's remarks of yesterday or today, in which he said something to the effect that if one spoke one's mind publicly to the wrong people one would become a "piranha."

There's something fishy here. Hope you can sniff it out.

Yeah, well, I sniffed it out and relied on this Times morsel:

Nowadays, Mr. Bloomberg said, if you even have coffee with someone from the other party, you become a pariah.

Wrong. I dug up the CBS Evening News clip and Bloomberg did indeed say "piranha," and reader Campbell is right in saying he rhymed it with banana.

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Not that there's anything wrong with being a pariah — just ask Marge Simpson.

Anyway, that's what I get for relying on the Times when I should have been watching Katie Couric deliver the news. But I just can't bring myself to watch her.

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