My Junior Printer Set is running out of hyphens. So, to save space and cut to the real meaning of the current media explosion, let’s report that the word the president of the United States used to describe some Caribbean, South American and African nations as, merely, “holes”. Setting aside the shock of the vulgarism allows us to go beyond the argument over what sort of language can be used in print, online and on TV.
G.K. Chesterton’s aphorism is appropriate for one of this week’s big media kerfuffles, the widespread furor over the obituary of the late Mormon President Thomas S. Monson as published in the newspaper widely thought to be the best at obituaries, The New York Times. Some would call the obit a blot on The Times’ reputation. Actually, it is more like a giant ink blot test. One that says more about the observer, the reader, than about the essay itself. OK. Problem one.
OK. This is how odd my mind is. President Donald Trump speaks with Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., during a meeting with lawmakers on immigration policy, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) The School of Athens. This is a detail of a huge fresco by Raphael, finished in 1511, in the Apostolic Palace in The Vatican. These blokes are Plato (left) and Aristotle.
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Selecting a term
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