Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Today in redneckery

Good thing your standard Fox reader doesn't get beyond the headline. First, though, enjoy this bit of Fair 'n' Balanced copyediting:

Bill Clinton suggested this week that GOP nominee Donald Trump's base is comprised mostly of "rednecks."

The story is credited to the Washington Examiner, where the lede is a hair different:

Bill Clinton suggested this week that GOP nominee Donald Trump's base comprised mostly "rednecks."

By their prescriptivism shall ye know them, but the question here is how we got from what the former president said to the Examiner hed:
... to Fox's "new tag for Trump fans." Here -- according to the Examiner -- is the quote itself:

"The other guy's base is what I grew up in," the former president said during a campaign stop in Fort Myers, Fla. "You know, I'm basically your standard redneck."

By the time things reach Drudge, of course, the circle is unbroken:

I suppose there has to be some way to pass the time while waiting for the next explosive email shoe to drop: OMG Clinton thought it would be nice to "see Putin be less defensive toward a relationship with the United States so that we could work together on some issues"! OMG Clinton staffers questioned Master Murdoch's ostentatious piety! OMG somebody called Chelsea a "spoiled brat"! The overall prize, I think, goes to culture war correspondent Todd Starnes:

Mr. President,  I know some rednecks. And you, sir, are no redneck.

Todd? So do I, and yes he is. And if you bring up sweet tea and the Bible again, people might start asking why you and your stablemates listened when Master Trump told you to stop covering a massive slow-onset natural disaster.

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