“The Nashville Christian Academy, located as 415 N. Main St., is now excepting enrollment for the 2006-2007 School Year.” And looking for acceptional students.
A Page One headline in the Pine Bluff Commercial announced, “Robinson eeks out win over Rosegrant.”
“[O]ur favorite phrase whenever an editor doesn’t have a real explanation for a bad decision: Let’s Go In A Different Direction.” — The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette editorial page.
Good point. A similar phrase, used whenever someone in authority wants to fix what’s not broken, is “Change Is Good.” No, change is inevitable. It may be good or bad or somewhere in between. Every day, millions of people go through the Big Change, and very few of them think it’s for the better. What the people who say “Change is good” really mean is “Change that doesn’t hurt me is good.”
In the mainstream media, the herd instinct is strong. Pundits like Joe Klein, David Broder, Howard Fineman et al huddle to-gether around an opinion, no matter how misguided, and not one will give it up until they all do. Since they speak only to and for each other, they come to use a vernacular that can be confusing to the non-pundit class; i.e., the rest of us. The journalism re-view Extra! has helpfully provided a Mainstream Journalists’ Lexicon:
A media-favored position that is supported by a minority of Americans is “principled.”
A media-disfavored position supported by a minority of Americans is “out of the mainstream.”
A media-favored position that has the support of a majority of Americans is “popular.”
A media-disfavored position that is supported by a majority of Americans is “pandering.”
Even with this guide, you may still be unable to hack your way through a Klein-Broder-Fineman column. But it should help you get further, if that’s your goal.
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