April 15, 2006
The Investigation Continues...
When did this phrase work its way into our news lexicon? The use and abuse of this phrase really struck me a couple of weeks ago, and I have been meaning to blog about it. I was reading the newspaper when I came across a blurb about a local bank discovering what they thought were some suspect one hundred dollar bills. Apparently, the police were notified, the Secret Service was called in, the bills were found to be authentic, yet an "investigation continues." Huh?
If the bills were real, why would the investigation continue? Are they investigating why a bank (usually expert at handling money) would think authentic bills were fakes? Maybe our real bills are too easily confused as bogus? They do look funny. Is the investigation related to how some individual came into possession of the particular series of currency in question? Maybe "the investigation is continuing" wasn't just the lazy journalism of this news reporter at all, but was offered by the Secret Service people so that they could stay on and enjoy a couple more days on sunny Cape Cod. That would be a slick way to buy a day or two off for an overworked Secret Service agent: investigate a report of counterfeit bills (or even plant some), identify the currency as legitimate, and then hang out for a few days under the auspices of a continuing investigation. Maybe the Secret Service has a two day minimum?
Personally, I would like an investigation into why the investigation was continuing, and how many days we paid people to stay here investigating.
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Posted by capecodcyclist at April 15, 2006 10:28 AM
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