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Thursday, May 23, 2013

 

"Incivility" Defined: It Means Criticizing Obama

From Coyote Blog we get an outstanding lesson on exactly how the MSM spins for Obama.
By the way, a bit off-topic, but this paragraph is a textbook example of tricks editorial writers use
The IRS scandal has sparked bipartisan outrage that should require a bipartisan solution. The director who oversaw this was a Bush appointee who was confirmed by a Democratic Congress. Even Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein says he doubts very much that Obama was involved
Each sentence here as a master-stroke of the spinmeister's pen trying to defend her guy in the White House.
  1. Note the effort in the first sentence to shift this to a bipartisan issue. Both sides are upset. It is a good government issue. The implication we are supposed to draw is that this no longer can be a critique of this particular administration. It has transcended. This is how red-blue team political invective works. If the outrage is coming from just one party, it should not stick to the President because because it is petty partisanship. If it comes from both sides, it should not stick because it is a larger issue for all of us that transcends this particular Administration. In fact, through the article, she actually makes both arguments simultaneously. Brilliant!
  2. It's Bush's fault. This is just so well-worn that Obama officials simply cannot help themselves. How can a man the Left thought to be so stupid and incompetent still be directing affairs four and half years after he left the building?
  3. This one is really funny. Is, as implied by the structure of this sentence and the world "even", Carl Bernstein the least likely imaginable person to excuse Obama of such a charge? I think I am going to start writing this way. Even Warren Meyer thinks climate change has been exaggerated. Even Kim Kardashian thinks its important to get a lot of PR. Even Tia Carrere says its OK to make a bad movie once in a while. Hey, this is fun.

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