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Step off, old man!
Tuesday, 20 July 2004
Rating the curses
The 24-hour news channels can be useful, especially when there is breaking news, but this flap about Arnold calling some legislators "girlie men" illustrates why these channels may be the worst thing that ever happened to journalism.

As a service to America (or more accurately, the three people reading this. Hi Mom!), I'm going to rate the last three flaps regarding language, involving the unlikely trio of Dick, Arnold, and Whoopi.

1) The F-bomb on the Senate floor.
Kind of a dick move. Say Gore had done the same thing to Orrin Hatch, what do you think the reaction would have been? Oh, the sanctity of the Senate. And another thing: I always laughed when Republicans said Clinton taught children that lying and promiscuity was OK. What's the lesson here? Tell anyone you like to fuck off and never, ever apologize.

News Value: B

1) Whoopi and the B-word.
What is wrong with these celebrities? They are so self-involved that they don't realize they are actually hurting the causes they support. Put it this way: is there anyone who was energized by Whoopi's comments? Is there anyone who was turned off? Thank you. Still, not a very big deal. Maybe I say that because I don't like Whoopi too much anyway. Although, I would like to say that "Rat Race" is on a near constant loop on TBS right now and that is one of the funniest movies of the last ten years. She's only part of the cast, but she's pretty good in it.

News value: C

1) Girlie men.
Were people outraged because a movie actor was stealing a line from a TV show? Whatever. I don't see this as anything. Sorry.

News Value: F



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