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March 08, 2009

Words Have Meaning...

Now where have we heard that before?

Oh yeah:

In a reminder of Rush Limbaugh's famous rejoinder that words have meaning...

The question is, what did Rush mean to say? Turns out, even those who defend his absolute right to make sensational and ambiguous statements aren't quite sure.

...he phrased his comments poorly — because a lot of people think he meant #2. Not just the drive-by media; not just idiot Americans who didn’t listen to him; but a lot of you. Plenty of commenters chose option #2. So don’t tell me that people are dishonestly distorting his comments by reading them as saying #2. Because a lot of you did.

Maybe this is why it's not such a good idea to accede to the media's constant efforts to force Republicans to defend/explain other people's comments. Sorry, I know a lot of you disagree with me on this issue but it's hard enough in public life defending your own statements from media distortion.

Allowing the press to trap you into commenting on statements you didn't make doesn't strike me as "controlling the terms of the debate".

Posted by Cassandra at March 8, 2009 08:29 AM

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Maybe this is why it's not such a good idea to accede to the media's constant efforts to force Republicans to defend/explain other people's comments.

You can't mount a proper defense of someone else's statement unless you're sure you understand what he said. That said, the proper response to the challenge of, "How can you possibly defend [insert household name here]'s statement that [insert said statement here]?" is, "I didn't say it, so I don't have to defend it. But I'll defend his right to say it -- geez, I'll even defend *your* right to say it. Next stupid question, please."

Posted by: BillT at March 8, 2009 09:28 AM

I think this is not that different from the great Blathero-spheric time waster of, "AS A [FILL IN THE BLANK] YOU MUST DENOUNCE THIS IMMEDIATELY OR BE KNOWN AS A NON-DENOUNCER!!!!"

It's a dumb game and I refuse to play it. I'm not responsible for things other people say, for having known whether or not they even SAID anything, or for trying to do the Vulcan mind meld and divine what in the heck they meant by it :p

Perhaps when I see Green Glennwald start issuing prompt denunciations of any stupid remark made by a lefty, I'll reconsider my position. But I don't think so.

Posted by: Cassandra at March 8, 2009 10:33 AM

Perhaps when you see Green Glennwald start issuing prompt denunciations of any stupid remark made by a lefty, you might reconsider the bifocals...

Posted by: BillT at March 8, 2009 11:16 AM

My head is swimming. Does that mean anything?

Posted by: Cricket at March 8, 2009 02:21 PM

Which? Your cranial Australian crawl or my previous remark?

If the former, yes -- you have arrived at a haven from what passes for Logic in IvoryTowerLand, and your mind is reeling from the sudden disconnect.

If the latter, ehhhhhhh...

Posted by: BillT at March 8, 2009 04:41 PM

"Perhaps when you see Green Glennwald start issuing prompt denunciations of any stupid remark made by a lefty"
Protocol breech! Protocol breech! Call out ze guards! Prepare ze rack and ze guillotine!

Posted by: The duc Knot de Nouncer, Royal Vassal to the Inquisitor at March 9, 2009 08:35 AM

Or was zat supposed to be breach? En zis climate et es zo hard to know ze proper speak de politics...

Excuze me, I hear ze guards. I'm off to powdahr my wig.

Posted by: The duc Knot de Nouncer, Royal Vassal to the Inquisitor at March 9, 2009 08:38 AM

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