Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

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Way to put the worst possible interpretation of that out there.

I'm late to this, because I avoid Fox News: Host E.D. Hill wondered if the fist bump between Barack and Michelle Obama was "a terrorist fist jab." (Transcript here.)

The maddening quote from Hill: "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently."

Talk about tone deaf. Also talk about putting out the worst possible interpretation of something. (Plus there's the rhetorical trick of saying "everyone seems to interpret [it] differently," which ain't necessarily so but makes it look like that thought's actually been researched. It's like saying "People are talking about _______" even when people aren't, to make it seem like people are talking about the exact thought you want to put out there.)

Maybe it was unthinking, in which case it was a brain fart on Hill's part (and why would her mind go there?). Maybe it was thought out, which based on my jaundiced feelings re: Fox News I wouldn't rule out. Whichever way it is, it makes my head hurt.
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