Staying "on target"

CNN is trying to avoid inflammatory rhetoric:

CNN's John King: "Before we go to break, I want to make a quick point. We were having a discussion about the Chicago mayoral race. My friend Andy Shaw used the term 'in the crosshairs' in talking about the candidates. We're trying, we're trying to get away from that language. Andy is a good friend, he's covered politics for a long time, but we're trying to get away from that kind of language."

Very wise of them. Wouldn't want to trigger anything or set something off.

I mean, otherwise, it might blow up in their face.

And the guest might bomb

Excuse me, but fuck CNN.

What good is the land of the free and the home of the brave without the rockets' red glare or the bombs bursting in air?

Is there a polite way to tell John King to blow it out his ass?

MORE: My thanks to Memeorandum for the link!

posted by Eric on 01.19.11 at 12:35 AM










Comments

Don't forget CNN's old TV show... Crossfire.

Or Buckley's great old show: Firing Line.

Peter Buxton   ·  January 19, 2011 3:42 AM

I think that's plenty polite.

William O. B'Livion   ·  January 19, 2011 7:26 AM

The counter is that it's ordinary literary theory.

The extreme of something is the natural metaphor to bring out an aspect.

Killing is the extreme of resolution of sometehing.

So violence always represents change in some form, something going one way rather than another, where formerly both alternatives existed.

Hence all the violence language in campaigns; most of it dead metaphors by now, but that's how they got there.

Rothke's advice to academia that didn't get it: my advice is avoid all language.

rhhardin   ·  January 19, 2011 9:52 AM

HT to Instapundit Instapundit
BYRON YORK: Before banning 'crosshairs,' CNN used it to refer to Palin, Bachmann. Here is an excerpt from Byron York's article:

A look at transcripts of CNN programs in the month leading up to the shootings shows that the network was filled with references to "crosshairs" -- and once even used the term to suggest the targeting of Palin herself. Some examples:
"Palin's moose-hunting episode on her reality show enraged People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and now, she's square in the crosshairs of big time Hollywood producer, Aaron Sorkin," reported A.J. Hammer of CNN's Headline News on December 8.
"Companies like MasterCard are in the crosshairs for cutting ties with WikiLeaks," said CNN Kiran Chetry in a December 9 report.
"Thousands of people living in areas that are in the crosshairs have been told to evacuate," Chetry said in a December 21 report on flooding in California.
"He's in their crosshairs," said a guest in a December 21 CNN discussion of suspects in a missing-person case.
"This will be the first time your food will be actually in the crosshairs of the FDA," business reporter Christine Romans said on December 22.
"The U.S. commander in the East has Haqqani in his crosshairs," CNN's Barbara Starr reported on December 28, referring to an Afghan warlord.
"We know that health care reform is in the crosshairs again," CNN's Joe Johns reported on January 3....
.......It would be impossible, at least for any reasonable person, to argue that the network's use of "crosshairs" in any of the various contexts it was used, was an incitement to violence by anyone, anywhere.But by announcing that "we're trying to get away" from "crosshairs" and other allegedly incendiary language, CNN is aligning itself with those who blame "rhetoric" for the killings. And by doing that -- plus inviting the public to "hold us accountable" -- CNN could open itself up to an examination of its own uses of the word and accusations that it helped create an environment that led to violence. Does that make any sense at all?
Can't say that I disagree with Eric's assessment of CNN.

Anonymous   ·  January 19, 2011 12:13 PM

HT to Instapundit Instapundit
BYRON YORK: Before banning 'crosshairs,' CNN used it to refer to Palin, Bachmann. Here is an excerpt from Byron York's article:

A look at transcripts of CNN programs in the month leading up to the shootings shows that the network was filled with references to "crosshairs" -- and once even used the term to suggest the targeting of Palin herself. Some examples:
"Palin's moose-hunting episode on her reality show enraged People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and now, she's square in the crosshairs of big time Hollywood producer, Aaron Sorkin," reported A.J. Hammer of CNN's Headline News on December 8.
"Companies like MasterCard are in the crosshairs for cutting ties with WikiLeaks," said CNN Kiran Chetry in a December 9 report.
"Thousands of people living in areas that are in the crosshairs have been told to evacuate," Chetry said in a December 21 report on flooding in California.
"He's in their crosshairs," said a guest in a December 21 CNN discussion of suspects in a missing-person case.
"This will be the first time your food will be actually in the crosshairs of the FDA," business reporter Christine Romans said on December 22.
"The U.S. commander in the East has Haqqani in his crosshairs," CNN's Barbara Starr reported on December 28, referring to an Afghan warlord.
"We know that health care reform is in the crosshairs again," CNN's Joe Johns reported on January 3....
.......It would be impossible, at least for any reasonable person, to argue that the network's use of "crosshairs" in any of the various contexts it was used, was an incitement to violence by anyone, anywhere.But by announcing that "we're trying to get away" from "crosshairs" and other allegedly incendiary language, CNN is aligning itself with those who blame "rhetoric" for the killings. And by doing that -- plus inviting the public to "hold us accountable" -- CNN could open itself up to an examination of its own uses of the word and accusations that it helped create an environment that led to violence. Does that make any sense at all?
Can't say that I disagree with Eric's assessment of CNN.

Gringo   ·  January 19, 2011 12:13 PM

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