Fox News Anchor Butchers Terry Goddard's Name -- as Usual, He Did Nothing About it

Categories: Election 2010
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Attorney General Terry Goddard
Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard went on Fox News this morning to pimp his latest probe into mortgage companies he says provide flawed foreclosure documents.

He came across well -- for example, he didn't say anything like "we have did what's right for Arizona," as his opponent in the gubernatorial election, Jan Brewer, infamously said during the gubernatorial debate.

Name recognition is important in politics -- so you'd think Goddard, currently running for governor in Arizona, would want the anchor on the show to say his correctly. He apparently wasn't too worried about it because after host Jenna Lee referred to him as Terry Guh-dard  -- with the emphasis on the "dard" -- on several occasions, he didn't correct her.

Like a lot of things that have gone on during Goddard's time in the AG's Office -- most notably, allowing a maniac sheriff like Joe Arpaio and his lap-dog, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas, to run amok in Maricopa County -- Goddard just let it go. 

Check it out after the jump.

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botanybay
botanybay

Good point. Goddard DID let Arpaio get away with a lot. If Brewer had any need for messaging ammo (which she doesn't), she could actually throw Arpaio under the bus and attack Goddard for softpedaling.

Emil Pulsifer
Emil Pulsifer

There's also the fact that FOX News is a national program and most of the audience don't know how the name is pronounced anyway, whereas those from Arizona can content themselves with smirking at the announcer's ignorance. To publicly correct the newscaster is to announce to a national audience that network news doesn't think you're important enough to get your name right. Chalk one up for Goddard.

Tina
Tina

He was wise in not correcting her about the pronunciation of his name, which she said ("Guh-DARD") a number of times in addressing him. It would have thrown her off, being too conscientious about her error, in asking and commenting on the substance of what he was saying. Goddard was particularly knowledgeable about the foreclosure crisis, the banks, etc., and lost no continuity in expressing the problems and his work with other attorneys general. Also, with all his years in politics and meeting strangers across the country, familiar only with the spelling of his last name, I'm sure he's encountered the mispronunciation on many other occasions.

Guh_Dard
Guh_Dard

While I don't really care about Goddard's name being mispronounced, Mr. King brings up a good point:

Where was Terry Goddard in all of the Arpaio vs. BOS fiasco? It seems like he should have stepped in long ago to at least investigate.

Honestly, he would probably have my vote had he taken any sort of action into one of the biggest abuses of power that I've seen in my lifetime.

botanybay
botanybay

It's sad that this couldn't have been handled in-state. Instead, the Feds could no longer ignore it.

Whatever...
Whatever...

Wow...this is not a story. How 'bout those miners??!!!

Drake
Drake

Well, at least she is pretty, and isn't that what really counts.

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