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  •  I think you take yourself a little too seriously. (7+ / 0-)

    Use of metaphor, hyperbole and rhetorical device have been a mainstay strategy for news media headlines for at least decades now.

    So why would this offend the senses of those in the news media?

    •  Have you ever read Clifford Geertz? (1+ / 0-)
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      because I don't want to sound like an absolutist.  One of the most famous essays of the last half century, written in the discipline (of all things) anthropology, was Geertz's essay, "Ideology as a Cultural System."  He analyzed why we use exaggeration, to make ideological as opposed to policy arguments.  He basically says there's a place for it.  

      But lately MOST of the DK front page is hyperbole.  If DK wants to continue to have influence in the national debate, it can't all be ideological exaggeration.

      •  I appreciate your comments (0+ / 0-)

        The exaggeration bothered me, too.

        Reagan no more destroyed our country than Obama has destroyed it, as the right wing is now shrieking.  

      •  Message vs Policy (4+ / 0-)

        Reagan is still winning, even in this diary.  He was one of the biggest promoters of the idea that florid, dishonest messaging is the best means of undermining open government and keeping the public at bay.

        Hijacking a valid historic policy discussion by starting verbal fistfight over rhetoric is a technique that Reagan and his acolytes still rely on to control voters.

        Proud member of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

        by Betty Pinson on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 12:08:40 PM PST

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        •  To Reagan There was No Line Between (0+ / 0-)

          Message and Policy, between politics and government.

          The were intertwined and co-dependent.  

          Message always served the policy and policy was often used to convey the message.  

          The symbolic gesture was one of his greatest weapons.  

          If health care is not basic necessity, try living without it.

          by Into The Woods on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 01:54:52 PM PST

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    •  Hamden's a table-pounder (0+ / 0-)

      As in pound the law, pound the facts, or pound the table.  Or as my father used to say, "that's just semantics,"  meaning "when you got nothing, nitpick."  

      "A city for sale and doomed to speedy destruction if it finds a purchaser!" --King Jugurtha

      by LucyandByron on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 05:39:52 PM PST

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      •  I like that (0+ / 0-)

        Never heard my posting described that way, but sure, I'll pound the facts.  Not sure that I pound the table though.

        I really am a stickler for empirical reality, maybe because all those years I spent studying neo-Marxist historiography.

        I think I'll create a sig line from Dragnet: "Just the facts, Ma'm, just the facts."

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