• Quote Unquote: In the Surveyor's Symbols of Scrutiny

    CNN's John King issues an on-air apology for the terrible, terrible language that a guest of his used

    "Before we go to break, I want to make a quick point. We were having a discussion about the Chicago mayoral race. My friend Andy Shaw used the term 'in the crosshairs' in talking about the candidates. We're trying, we're trying to get away from that language. Andy is a good friend, he's covered politics for a long time, but we're trying to get away from that kind of language."

    Ugh! Could you possibly come up with a better example of what makes CNN so consistently "Ugh!"-inducing? Way to take an actual thoughtful argument about the way that politics is discussed in our modern media-drenched society and chase it down theĀ  deepest, most absurd hole available.

    So, what? A pundit can't even say "in the crosshairs" in passing reference without being shamed on air? Can they say that one candidate is "beating' another in the polls? Or refer to candidates' "war" rooms? Or to a politician "smashing his opponent in the face repeatedly with an iron fist with razor blades glued onto it, oh, and there's also poison on the razor blades"? Is that no longer acceptable parlance?

    If so, James Carville is gonna lose a lot of work.

    Tags: CNN, James Carville, John King, Quote Unquote, Sarah Palin


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