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Wasn't the IRS' Claim That This Was a "Training Film"?

In response to Shatner 'Appalled' by Government Star Trek Skit:

It was indeed.

The agency says the six-minute video, along with a training video that parodied the TV show "Gilligan's Island," cost about $60,000. The "Star Trek" video accounted for most of the money, the agency said.

They claimed the Star Trek parody was a "training film" and that by making it they'd actually saved the country millions because otherwise they'd have to send people 'round the country to train people. And that would cost, to make a number up. $1.5 million.

Pro-tip:  A "training film" is not six minutes long.  Any training of six minutes duration (with jokes and dramatic pauses) is better known as "the paragraph on page 13."  Or, sometimes, "an email."

It was a sketch done for "fun," for some definitions of fun.

But the claim out of the gate was, gosh I'm so shocked, a lie.



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