Lazy Journalism Words


From Instapundit:

WEIRD, I WONDER IF IT’S BECAUSE THE “CALLS” ARE BASED IN DUMB EMOTIONAL BULLYING: The Hill: Calls for new gun laws are falling on deaf ears.

Renewed calls for stricter gun controls following a school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead are falling on deaf ears.

Really? deaf ears? The president said “I hear you.” He wrote a note to remind himself.

I’m hearing “emerging” a lot, as in “new details are emerging…”

That’s just crap writing. Details do not emerge.  Would you ever say that to your wife or boss?

“Yeah honey, the car won’t run, but details are emerging which indicate lack of gasoline is a possible cause.”

“Long time court watchers” means a reporter older than you are.  And “the controversy is not dying down…” just means we have no new story, so we are rehashing.

Oh, and the Rev. Billy Graham coverage was about what you’d expect. 

I have written news for a long time, and taught for even longer. Today I couldn’t tell you which industry was more pathetic. Both are doing us an injustice, bordering on criminality.

 

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“I was charged with annoying with intent to annoy…”


And they all moved away from me on the bench…

[Special gold stars for anyone who remembers where that lyric came from.]

Last August, there was a rally in Northern Ireland. To date, four people have been charged with violating the hate speech law which has a pretty low threshold:

Belfast Telegraph:

He faces two counts of using threatening, abusive or insulting words. He is alleged to have intended to stir up hatred or arouse fear by his comments, according to the police case.

I bring this up because the three words which seem to form the basis of the Northern Irish law are threatening, abusive and insulting. Do those things and you’re in a pickle.

On Hogewash!, John Hoge wrote about a proposed update to a Maryland law which uses the following wording:

A person may not:

maliciously engage in a course of conduct, through the use of electronic communication, that alarms or seriously annoys another:  with the intent to harass, alarm, or annoy the other…

This is how hate legislation happens. Can we all agree that the Irish law should have threatening as a factor? Sure. And in Maryland there should be some kind of protection from harassment? Absolutely.

 How about the other terms, from the two jurisdictions:

abusive

insulting

that alarms…

that seriously annoys…

with intent to…alarm or annoy

There just can’t be a lot of people who seriously think anyone should face criminal court for annoying or alarming another person, even if their intent was to annoy or alarm.

If I’m wrong, please plan to be awfully nice to people in Maryland and Northern Ireland. And anywhere else where this fascist kind of word control takes over.

Plan on seeing your Tweets on 27 eight by ten color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Have Read That Somewhere


From an essay in Inside Higher Ed about the bullies on college campuses who enforce conformity and try to silence ideas:

Enough already. Just as the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men (and women) to do nothing, as Burke taught us, the only thing necessary for the triumph of censorship is for the rest of us to keep quiet. Speak up, people. Our freedom of speech depends on it.

The rest of it is here.

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Why “You Can’t Say That!”


Quote of the Day:

“If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

 

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Q:Do You Want to Do Your Job or Make a Point?


CNN: Make a point, obviously.

Breitbart:

CNN’s anti-gun town hall event and its left-wing moderator, Jake Tapper, are facing widespread criticism over what many saw as a bullying “show trial.”

Tapper is being singled out for much of the criticism from those who say he remained silent as abusive personal attacks were hurled at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch. Incredibly, Tapper also remained silent as his audience booed a rape victim.Image result for CNN graphic

It was scripted. Kids were coached. Rubio and Loesch deserve an apology. 

Another question: If children are too young to buy guns, are they old enough to set gun policy? Asking for a friend.

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Tell Truth, Get Fired


The University of Pennsylvania has not yet fired Amy Wax. They will, somehow, remove her from her job. (Graphic is the link.)

The American Spectator

What I can tell you is that she is in very hot water today with vociferous students on campus and with her colleagues on the faculty. There have been demands that she shut down and ship out. In fact, the dean of her law school asked her to take a leave of absence next year and stop teaching a class to first-year students, who are presumably still very impressionable. He explained that he was under “pressure” to oust her. When she objected, he explained that he was a “pluralistic dean” who had to accommodate “all sides,” though apparently not her side.

What vile, hate-filled party line had she been spouting in the Philadelphia paper, and, by the way, should not the Philadelphia paper be held accountable for first publishing it?

Here are her two of her transgressions as repeated by her in the Wall Street Journal.

She began by cataloguing the leading ills afflicting America: “Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.”

Then she and her colleague elucidated how America’s “behavioral norms” had changed since the staid post-World War II period through the mid-1960s. Until the mid-1960s the norms were: “Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.”

Even if I disagreed, I’d never try to fire, demote or put on sabbatical someone who used their First Amendment rights boldly.  There are limits: advocating criminality etc. This professor did not say anything we didn’t know. Now she’s copying off her resume. Why?

She offended someone with the truth.

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Quote of the Day


The jury should have been in a long time ago. As long as we institutionalize kids into prison-like schools built on a factory model and without any other choices, we’ll get more and more psychic alienation and social dysfunction. In this scenario, gun bans simply mean future mass killings would likely involve more knives, cars plowed into crowds, chemicals, and perhaps more bombs concocted from fertilizer and other household items. — Stella Morabito, The Federalist

I can’t agree that schools are the problem. But I do know that the school in Florida had more than 3,000 students and that they knew about this kid. There may have been a breakdown in the systems designed to keep the students safe. Discipline policies.

The gun didn’t do this. A perhaps mentally ill former student did this. 

High School is not always a healthy place. We need to change that.

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