Archive for April, 2005

>Benedict Gets the Quick Mainstream Media Spin

Wednesday, April 20th, 2005


The returns are already in on Benedict XVI as far as the mainstream media is concerned.

The politically correct spin is that Benedict XVI is “conservative,” “ultra-conservative,” “arch conservative,” “known to be quite conservative,” “an unswerving hardliner,” an “enforcer” dedicated “to keeping the Church in the Middle Ages,” and “God’s rottweiler.”

Read “conservative” here as someone who doesn’t think the truth is whatever anyone fancies.

However, in using the epithet “God’s rottweiler,” the mainstream anchors, who probably never read Francis Thompson’s famous poem “The Hound of Heaven,” may ironically be on to something.

>Smearing by Pattern Lite

Wednesday, April 13th, 2005


There is nothing like recognizing a pattern to make a decision.

For example, when 1,000 chickens in various locations drop dead from lack of water you begin to suspect a pattern. But, if all you want to do is smear someone, one questionable anecdote and the promise that you might find a couple more may do.

The new spinspeak definition of pattern is: He did something that looks questionable; in fact,he may have done it more than once and we hope to find some details soon.

Latest usage: Allegations by Democratoic Senators that UN Amassador Nomimnee John Bolton has exhibited a pattern that might be construed as possibly improper management behavior in dealing with an intelligence officer at least once.