Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shredded by Unreason

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ToniTalks
 
“[W]hen the political discourse is shredded by an unreason and hatred so deep that vulgar abuse seems normal, disaffection rules. Our debates, for the most part, are examples unworthy of a playground: name-calling, verbal slaps, gossip, giggles, all while the swings and slides of governance remain empty. 
 
—Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate poet, writer, thinker, No Place for Self-Pity, No Room for Fear,” The Nation, 2015. 


Editorial Comment: The playground of government is crawling with bullies, thugs, cretins and criminals.




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Shroom Condos









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Monday, December 11, 2017

Boob Tube

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Donnie’s Daily Soap Opera


“Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals. People close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.” 

—Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush and Peter Baker, Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Fight for Self-Preservation,” The New York Times, Dec. 9, 2017.



Editorial Comment: I have a disturbing image I can’t shake of the Leader of the Free World in a floral housecoat and curlers in front of “Days of Our Lives.”



WORDmeister CORRECTION: Friday’s WORD (Revised: My Truth) referred to presidential “truth” extending back to FDR. The source, historian David Greenberg, reports from Rutgers that he actually said TEDDY, not Franklin, Roosevelt. The error appears in the Christian Science Monitor story.







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Summer Squash








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Friday, December 8, 2017

Revised: My Truth

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Presidential Pulpit

“Every president, at least every president I’ve studied, going back to Teddy Roosevelt, believes that he understands the truth better than the press does.” 


—David Greenberg, historian, in Linda Feldman, “Lots of voters say the press fabricates Trump stories. What’s going on?” Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 26, 2017. (Thanks to alert WORDster Terry Marlow)




Editorial Comment: Oh, bully.

WORDmeister Note: This WORD originally referred to presidential “truth” back to FDR. Professor Greenberg reports from Rutgers that he actually said TEDDY, not Franklin Roosevelt. The error appears in the Christian Science Monitor story.



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Bikers








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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Cursed

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True Patriots


“If I wished to put a curse on a nation, I would invoke the gods to decree that it be governed by those who consider themselves the only true patriots in it.”

—Sidney J. Harris (1917-1986), Chicago newspaperman, columnist and author. (Thanks to alert WORDster Skip Keyser)





Editorial Comment: Making America Great Again. 




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On Reflection








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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Cynical

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Not So Funny


“No matter how cynical you become, it’s never enough to keep up.” 

—Lily Tomlin, comedian-philosopher. (Thanks to alert WORDster Barbara Zimmerman)







Editorial Comment: Even I can’t keep up anymore.



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Leafy Chard









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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

America’s TV Leader

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‘55 to Dead’


‘I created a TV network for people 55 to dead,’ Ailes boasted to us. ‘Nobody believed it could be done, but I did it. It’s for guys who sit on their couch with the remote all day and night. ‘And they don’t want to see anyone like you,’ he continued, looking directly at me. 

“I wasn’t sure whether he meant a liberal, or a brunette newswoman in a dark pantsuit. ‘They don’t want to see you — they don’t even want to know that you exist!’ 

“And he was obliging them: he’d created a world where women were blonde and wore short tight skirts, men were in charge, and articulate, principled, complicated liberals — especially women — didn’t exist.” 

—Joan Walsh, national affairs correspondent, “My Only Meeting with Roger Ailes,” The Nation, May 18, 2017.

 
Editorial Comment: Fox is closing in on 16 years as the No. 1 cable news network. Is that commentary on Roger Ailes, or us?



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Fungus Amongus









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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Sinclair Broadcasting Deal

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Hello, Big Brother 


“These levels of consolidation are a threat to democracy regardless of whether liberal or conservative messages dominate. In 1947, the Hutchins Commission, a group of academics convened to study the freedom of the press, put it this way: ‘The owners and managers of the press determine which persons, which facts, which versions of the facts, and which ideas shall reach the public.’”

—Kevin Carty, columnist, “Sinclair's vast media merger threatens democratic ideals. Congress must fight it,” The Guardian, Nov. 24, 2017.



Editorial Comment: If the FCC permits Sinclair Broadcasting to purchase Tribune Broadcasting, the new corporation will reach 72 percent of U.S. households. So much for the diverse marketplace of ideas.



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Winter Evening










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Friday, December 1, 2017

Career Recommendation

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The News Habit


“I have spent half my life trying to get away from journalism, but I am still mired in it — a low trade and a habit worse than heroin, a strange, seedy world full of misfits and drunkards and failures.”

—Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005), journalist, author and grand poobah of gonzo journalism, in A Generation of Swine, 1988. (Thanks to alert WORDster Barbara Kelley)


Editorial Comment: That wasn’t in the brochure.



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Cutler Marsh










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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Not So ‘Veritas’

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Bushwhacked


“We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith. But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.” 
—Marty Baron, executive editor, The Washington Post, “A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation,” The Washington Post, Nov. 27, 2017.

Editorial Comment: From the Why-read-the-story-after-the-longest-headline-ever? File.

Related: James O’Keefe’s Credibility Is On Trial As DOJ Seeks Felony Convictions For Trump Protesters

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Birch Swoop









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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

qwertyLeaks

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машинистка in Russian

“My manual typewriters were stored in closets, with the fond regret bestowed on old prom photos and shells plucked from forgotten beaches. Now, however, all things analogue are coming back. Rumour has it that the Kremlin has returned to typewriters: a typed page can’t be leaked on the internet, or not as easily.”

—Margaret Atwood, novelist, “How Margaret Atwood Learned to Type,” The Walrus, Nov. 20, 2017.


Editorial Comment: Just put that leak in an envelope and mail it.



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Beach Sky









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