Equivocation. Weasel words. Drives me nuts.
For the past year, I noticed this in news broadcasts, radio interviews, etc. NPR, NBC, ABC, reviews of batshit crazy Gwyneth Paltrow's "GOOP" show on Netflix, etc.
"I found it a little bit boring."
"It was kind of offensive."
"Wildfires are sort of bigger than last year."
"What Trump said was almost racist."
Instead of saying Trump lied, they call it a "falsehood" or "fabrication."
This sounds weak and tentative. Whatever happened to clear, strong statements? Perhaps they are afraid of being sued or terrified of a Trump tweet.
Hooray for Time magazine whose writers use clear, potent words. Love the in-depth analysis.
I have seen this too and I agree with you fully. Trump lies. Most people are scared shitless of Donald for one reason or another but he can say anything he wants to. Then his supporters try to tell you what he really meant or said. This is worse than fabrication or falsehood.
Many media outlets are supposed to take a middle road. NPR gets a lot of support from listeners from both side of the tracks. Personally, I am tired of the continued lambasting of others deservedly or not. This only sets the bar lower for the outlets. We absolutely need more calmness in our lives.
Because strong, decisive statements like "It was offensive." may result in blowback or require a defense if challenged while calling something only "kind of offensive" is weak and mewling enough not to ruffle anyone's feathers.
It's chickenshit journalism.
I could not possibly agree with you more!
I'm sick of the soft-pedaling that a lot of the media has been doing.
A lie, is a lie, is a lie, is a lie.
45 is a LIAR. Saying he's told "untruths", or "falsehoods", is pathetic and weak.
He fucking LIES.
He has told MORE than 20,000 LIES since taking office.