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Michelle Malkin: Curse of the language corrupters
Townhall.com ^ | 13 July 2005 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 07/12/2005 10:23:39 PM PDT by USAFJeeper

Across the pond, the British Broadcasting Corporation is taking well-deserved lumps for whitewashing the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London. Editors have reportedly expunged the word "terrorist" from the BBC website and substituted the sanitized "bomber" to describe the killers.

Next: "Burglars" will be "takers." "Child molesters" will be "ticklers." "Rapists" will be "unplanned lovers."

High-minded BBC guidelines admonish employees against using words like "terrorist" that "carry emotional or value judgments." Yet, employing a reporter, Barbara Plett, who told viewers she bawled her eyes out when an ailing Yasser Arafat was whisked off to France in November 2004, is model objectivity.

But bashing the terror-coddling BBC is too easy. Let us turn to our own language corrupters

(Excerpt) Read more at townhall.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bomber; london; malkin; profile; security; terror
She hits it on the head today. Hooah to Michelle.
1 posted on 07/12/2005 10:23:40 PM PDT by USAFJeeper
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To: USAFJeeper

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2 posted on 07/12/2005 10:24:54 PM PDT by msf92497 (My brain is "twitchy")
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To: USAFJeeper
"Child molesters" will be "ticklers."

OH hell no.... :D

3 posted on 07/12/2005 10:26:18 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: USAFJeeper

OOPS?

Please post pic of hot amazing conservative gal...


4 posted on 07/12/2005 10:26:24 PM PDT by msf92497 (My brain is "twitchy")
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To: msf92497

Yes there is a rule on FR about these posts.


5 posted on 07/12/2005 10:27:08 PM PDT by F15Eagle
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To: F15Eagle

But, but, I dont have any! You see I am a Coulter fan!


6 posted on 07/12/2005 10:29:13 PM PDT by USAFJeeper
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To: USAFJeeper

I like both of them.... and Laura Ingraham :D


7 posted on 07/12/2005 10:31:37 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: USAFJeeper
Boy we guys are shallow, but I promise to read the article right after posting this! LOL


8 posted on 07/12/2005 10:31:44 PM PDT by F15Eagle
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Nearly four years after the 9/11 attacks, the White House and the press still use the empty phrase "War on Terror" to describe the global battle against radical Islamist throat-slitters, suicide bombers and hijackers who incinerate children on their way to Disneyland. And in the wake of the London terrorist attacks, we Americans continue to bow to an unwritten editorial policy of invoking sanitized phrases and bloodless bluster as a substitute for concrete action.

spot on.
9 posted on 07/12/2005 10:33:52 PM PDT by F15Eagle
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To: USAFJeeper

I don't think "bomber" is quite the euphamism that Michelle thinks it is. She missed this one by a mile.


10 posted on 07/12/2005 10:35:09 PM PDT by Melas (The dumber the troll, the longer the thread)
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To: USAFJeeper
In London, "terrorists" are "bombers." In the U.S., citizen watchdogs are "vigilantes." The Ministry of Truth would be pleased.

Indeed they would, Michelle.

I suspect the West will have to endure a helluva lot more Islamic terrorism before it takes the gloves off and flushes the PC bullsh/t down the camode.

11 posted on 07/12/2005 10:44:00 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: USAFJeeper

Why is it that so few voices see things clearly today, and they are seldom holders of public office?

It is an embarassment to our nation that these truths must be spoken by an ordinary citizen rather than a President, a Congressman or a Senator.

Thank you Michelle. It's a lonely job, saying what needs to be said.


12 posted on 07/12/2005 10:49:26 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: DoughtyOne

A lot of people have never read "1984".


14 posted on 07/12/2005 10:58:34 PM PDT by mirkwood (The National Guard should protect our nation, right?)
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To: mirkwood

I'm sure that's true.


15 posted on 07/12/2005 11:01:14 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: mirkwood

1984 and Animal Farm were part of my required reading down here in the red state south, worst of all at a Catholic Private School! Our reading list looked more like a university one!

All animals are equal, some are more equal than others!


16 posted on 07/12/2005 11:03:02 PM PDT by USAFJeeper
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To: USAFJeeper

I had to read Animal Farm as well. It's basically a simplified version of 1984. I think of it a lot when it comes to the PC police anyway, though.


17 posted on 07/12/2005 11:19:30 PM PDT by AZ_Cowboy ("Be ever vigilant, for you know not when the master is coming")
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To: mirkwood
A lot of people have never read "1984".

And twice at FR I have seen people comment that even though the book was written twenty years ago it is still relevant today.

No, I didn't correct them.

18 posted on 07/12/2005 11:28:07 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

LOL


19 posted on 07/12/2005 11:34:56 PM PDT by TN4Liberty (American... conservative... southern.... It doesn't get any better than this.)
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To: USAFJeeper
one of my favorites of Ms.Malkin
and a little sumthin' sumthin'...
20 posted on 07/12/2005 11:45:38 PM PDT by Khurkris (yes...I am tagless...a sad story...very sad...)
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To: Melas

A "bomber" can be jet pilot destroying an artillery battery, or a moslem pulverizing someone's mother.

All the same to the BBC.


21 posted on 07/12/2005 11:50:11 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (J.Y. Chen, Chinese paleontologist)
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To: USAFJeeper

I would add to Michelle's list, if we are serious we would be holding tribunals and exectutions at GITMO. There was a lot of talk about doing so after 9-11. When Bush's term ended without a single one it was obvious that there never would be any. PC won't allow it. Not even for Kalil Sheik Mohammed who ws directly responsible for planning 9-11. Nope, we'll just hold them until some liberal Democrat gets elected President and lets them go.


22 posted on 07/13/2005 12:27:45 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: mirkwood; Mr. Mojo; USAFJeeper; AZ_Cowboy; Graybeard58
[In London, "terrorists" are "bombers." In the U.S., citizen watchdogs are "vigilantes." The Ministry of Truth would be pleased.]

A lot of people have never read "1984".

Everyone should. And I mean *everyone*. In the book, "Ingsoc" (English Socialism) has prevailed in the Western world. Michelle Malkin is making a reference to the concept in the book known as "Newspeak".

Big Brother (the ironic name for the ultra-oppressive government which pretends to "look after and protect" the public) was pushing "Newspeak" as the new, accepted language. On page 45, the protagonist (Winston Smith) is talking to an acquaintance, Syme, who is working on the new edition of the Newspeak dictionary:

[Syme:] "You think, I dare say, that our chief job is inventing new words. But not a bit of it! We're destroying words -- scores of them, hundreds of them, every day. [...] It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. [...] In your heart you'd prefer to stick to Oldspeak, with all its vagueness and its useless shades of meaning. You don't grasp the beauty of the destruction of words. [...] Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. [...] Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there's no reason or excuse for committing thoughtcrime. It's merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won't be any need even for that. The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect. Newspeak is Ingsoc and Ingsoc is Newspeak [...] Even the literature of the party will change. How could you have a slogan like 'freedom is slavery' when the concept of freedom has been abolished? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking -- not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."

One of these days, thought Winston with sudden deep conviction, Syme will be vaporized. He is too intelligent. He sees too clearly and speaks too plainly. The Party does not like such people. One day he will disappear.


23 posted on 07/13/2005 12:55:50 AM PDT by Ichneumon
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To: USAFJeeper

bump


24 posted on 07/13/2005 3:08:55 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: USAFJeeper; pissant

Michelle alert


25 posted on 07/13/2005 3:13:33 AM PDT by WhiteGuy (Vote for gridlock)
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To: USAFJeeper
Don't forget the rest of the MSM. "Militant" is the favored adjective employed to described terrorists if not "guerilla." But the use of terrorist in an unfavorable context to characterize mass killers of civilians is verboten. The enemy must be understood rather than be demonized.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
26 posted on 07/13/2005 3:15:05 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Mr. Mojo

"takes the gloves off and flushes the PC bullsh/t down the camode."

This site has a good head-start on it >> http://www.pigazette.com/index.html

PIG = Politically Incorrect Gazette


27 posted on 07/13/2005 3:23:33 AM PDT by chief_bigfoot ("isn't THAT amazing?" - Ron Popiel)
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To: goldstategop
"Militant" is the favored adjective employed to described terrorists if not "guerilla."

Don't forget it is Chechen “rebels” in Russia that take over a school and shoot little kids with AK-47s...

28 posted on 07/13/2005 3:24:59 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: msf92497
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Why don't you just sign up for some porn site? I'll bet they got "hot pictures"

This is getting really stupid and old.

This kind of juvenile, Jr. High school joke hasn't been even close to funny or cute in years. It sucks anymore that it has to be in EVERY thread by Ann or Michelle, every single time. It makes you all sound like immature little boys.

The subject matter of her piece is a very serious one, but you still need pictures, HOT PICTURES! There, I said it again, was it funny that time? It's about the 100 thousandth time. We've all heard it now infinity. OK?

This is not just to you, it's to every clown that thinks it's still a fresh, new joke. Get over it and grow out of it.

There, I got that off my chest. I don't care what you say, and I don't care if you hate me now.

29 posted on 07/13/2005 3:45:34 AM PDT by Bullish (Proudly and consistently hating the Clinton's since 1992)
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To: USAFJeeper
She hits it on the head today.

She always does.

30 posted on 07/13/2005 3:47:34 AM PDT by barker (If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.)
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To: USAFJeeper
One of FReeper's Angels strikes again!! Great article!!

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31 posted on 07/13/2005 3:53:04 AM PDT by Jackknife (No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.-MacArthur)
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To: USAFJeeper

32 posted on 07/13/2005 4:20:24 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Mr. Mojo
"I suspect the West will have to endure a helluva lot more Islamic terrorism before it takes the gloves off and flushes the PC bullsh/t down the camode."

Celebrate "diversity," and drink the kool-aid...
33 posted on 07/13/2005 4:26:34 AM PDT by RavenATB
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To: USAFJeeper

Neal Boortz has said for years, PC is going to cost millions of lives.


34 posted on 07/13/2005 7:17:23 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: Echo Talon

I was thinking "Michaels" or "Jacksons"


35 posted on 07/13/2005 7:32:59 AM PDT by BJClinton (The bubble of housing bubble threads is about to pop!)
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To: Ichneumon
Everyone should [read 1984]. And I mean *everyone*.

Mandatory reading in HS. .....at least when I attended (a quarter century ago).

36 posted on 07/13/2005 7:44:46 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: msf92497

bump


37 posted on 07/13/2005 8:01:26 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: Bullish

Ouch. Your tirade has mortally wounded my inner child.

I fear my juvenility shall now wither and perish.

Such sorrow.

Any Hot pics?


38 posted on 07/13/2005 9:09:17 AM PDT by msf92497 (My brain is "twitchy")
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To: Ichneumon

Most people forget there is an appendix to "1984" which is a detailed guide to thought modification thru language manipulation.


39 posted on 07/13/2005 9:13:49 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: Bullish

Refusing to grow up for 43 years and 2 careers now :)


40 posted on 07/13/2005 5:12:14 PM PDT by USAFJeeper
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