Saturday, October 20, 2007
"No it wasn't nothing. It was downright mean, and that's worse than nothing," is his response, as best as I can remember it, and it was a golden moment. He wouldn't let it be brushed aside as "nothing" or "I shouldn't have said that", and I reckon he'd have erupted volcanically if his deputy had said something like "it was a joke".
Kind of a sad world when that golden moment comes from a fictional character who has no effect in the grander scheme of things, isn't it?
Rush Limbaugh started this game; say whatever nasty bullshit you want, but claim it's a "joke" or it's "entertainment".
I've often wanted to say something about that kind of thing... to point out that no, it's not "just a joke", it's not just "nothing". Today, Tristero did a good job of writing what I wish I had thought of writing.. It's worth a read; Tristero points out the nastiness and dishonesty with a live example.
 apologies for the language, but when you just make something up, without regards for the truth, you're BSing. When it's something nasty being made up, using a euphemism like "BS" is putting a pretty face on an ugly situation... to say that someone like Limbaugh or Coulter is "BSing" is to euphemize to the point of dishonesty.