Friday, November 20, 2009

Intent vs. deed

A defensive lapse at Wichita gives the annoying weasel Todd Tiahrt a free shot at his opponent's fusebox. Let's have a look, in case something similar crops up around the country.

The problem isn't the story, which manages to note in the second graf that Rep. Tiahrt is lying. It's a little too long, which is a natural consequence of having to chase down some communist phone numbers on the fractional chance that in some alternate universe with lots of purple suns, Rep. Tiahrt might not be a lying gasbag, but it still gets to the point rather effectively: He is! In public! Unreservedly!

The trouble is the hed,* and the trouble in the hed is the verb "tie." It doesn't mean "assert a connection" (or even "tell a brazen lie on the off chance no one will notice"). It means -- oh, how do they put it over at the OED?

To join closely or firmly; to connect, attach, unite, knit, bind by other than material ties,

Rep. Tiahrt has done nothing of the sort. He floated a patently dishonest trial balloon and got a free headline out of it. If the story's worth the front page, it needs a hed that makes his dishonesty clear -- not one that politely holds a finger on the twine while he "ties" his opponent to the evil commies.

* True, the kicker says "false assertion," but it doesn't say which assertion is false or what's false about it. That's not much help.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, fev, but you're way off base on this one. Checking my trusty AHD3 (often a better choice for AmE usage), I find "tie" defined as "5. To bring together in relationship; connect or unite: friends who were tied by common interests".

1:23 AM, November 20, 2009  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

So you're claiming that Tiahrt's email brought Moran together in a relationship with communists?

Sorry, you're wrong.

He ALLEGED a relationship, at best.

10:06 AM, November 20, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In what way is that different? The connection was made by the email. (Whether it is true or not is immaterial.)

10:41 PM, November 21, 2009  

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