Republicans Noticing Things Is Not News

Source: Commentary
by Noah Rothman

“For the better part of a decade, intrepid reporters have committed to the furious pursuit of synonyms for ‘pounce.’ We’ve been privy to the breathless recounting of how the GOP ‘appropriates,’ ‘seizes,’ ‘races,’ and ‘thrusts.’ Occasionally, the verb is dispensed with in favor of tortured turns of phrase such as ‘developments in allegations against Biden amplify efforts to question his behavior,’ which is just an abstruse way of saying that Republicans are among the millions of Americans who can read. The objective is always to misdirect the audience’s attention away from the story and toward the Republican reaction to the story. It is the journalistic equivalent of gesticulating wildly, and it seldom redounds to the benefit of the media outlets that engage in this form of hackneyed prestidigitation.” (01/12/23)