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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:01 AM

Beware mealy-mouthed and misleading language

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/media-beware-impeachment-hearings-will-be-the-trickiest-test-of-covering-trump/2019/11/08/1f2b0aac-0239-11ea-8501-2a7123a38c58_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

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Beware mealy-mouthed and misleading language. Punditry will be running even more amok than usual once the hearings begin. And we’ll be hearing a lot about what a divided nation we have and how ugly politics has become. We’ll be hearing the term “quid pro quo” endlessly.

Jon Allsop, writing in Columbia Journalism Review, suggested “quid pro quo” is inaccurate: “A president threatening to withhold military aid to a country unless it offers dirt on a domestic political rival, as Trump did, is not merely trading favors.” Questions about extortion or bribery — far riskier terms for would-be “balanced” journalists — are closer to the mark.

As for “polarization,” it’s a kind of false equivalence expressed in a single term, suggested Rosen: “We hear, ‘Oh things are so polarized now,’ when this is really about what’s happened to the Republican Party.”

In a potent Twitter thread last week, Ezra Klein of Vox pointed out that Trump’s abuses are so blatant that he “is the easiest possible test case for ‘Can our system hold a president accountable?’ And we are failing, because Republicans are failing.”

When journalists opt for safe language, when they pointlessly speculate, or succumb to Trump’s sideshow, they flunk the test.

Time to study up and ace it.

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dajoki Nov 11 OP
Wounded Bear Nov 11 #1
Proud Liberal Dem Nov 11 #5
Wounded Bear Nov 11 #6
Proud Liberal Dem Nov 11 #7
dajoki Nov 11 #8
Proud Liberal Dem Nov 11 #13
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 11 #11
Tom Rinaldo Nov 11 #2
Hortensis Nov 11 #3
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 11 #12
kentuck Nov 11 #4
crickets Nov 11 #9
struggle4progress Nov 11 #10

Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:14 AM

1. Republicans declared war on us...

and it is kind of hard not to respond in kind. That's what they're counting on.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:41 AM

5. But we're not "declaring war" on them

Congress is holding him accountable using the duly created mechanisms put in place by the US Constitution for *allegedly* trying to use his powers as President as a means of smearing a potential political rival in the next Presidential election. Republicans are crying foul only because their boy got caught doing it this time (unlike with Russia 2016) and all they have to argue against is process, which, as far as I can tell, Democrats are following- per the rules the REPUBLICANS themselves created.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:48 AM

6. Preaching to the choir...

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:31 AM

7. I know

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 11:46 AM

8. I think we all know...

that illegitimate conspired with Russia in 2016. One big problem was that the repukes had a two year head start in trying to cover the whole thing up and then barr stepped in to try to end the entire thing. I believe that the Democrats must keep pursuing the truth and make it part of the impeachment, subpoenas must be honored, the facts must be told and the truth needs to come out. We can still focus on the Ukraine scandal but everything has to be put out to the American people.



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Response to dajoki (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 04:52 PM

13. 100% Agree!

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:02 PM

11. it's a war of propaganda versus facts

The multi-millionaires on tv are assisting the other puppets of oligarchs in the promotion of false equivalence and the softening of the current crisis for the masses.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:17 AM

2. And add election "meddling" to that list. n/t

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:29 AM

3. Saying we're "polarized" is false equivalence. This is about the ex-GOP.

Yes! The whole article is worth reading as a smartening up for what we're going to be seeing.

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Response to Hortensis (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:04 PM

12. Europe was "polarized" around the end of 1939

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 10:36 AM

4. Republicans have declared war on the rest of America?

Seems to be the message?

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:01 PM

9. K&R for visibility

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 12:06 PM

10. "Hey! Let's give the Ukraine to Russian just by pretending concern about the Bidens!"

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