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Tuesday, January 25, 2005
WORDS MEAN THINGS
By Jeremy Lott
What Liberals Say and What They Really Mean
by Victor Gold
(WND Books, 210 pages, $15.99)
The point, [Gold] explains, is that words "like ideas—even empty calorie words that pass for ideas— have consequences," and that liberals have been very good at molding the language to their own propaganda ends. Gold aims to draw out the assumptions behind word usage and thus do his own little bit to ruin some poor Democratic Party hack's day.
Here's is Gold's definition of gender gap: "Liberal media conundrum first posed by a bored desk editor at the Sacramento Bee, circa 1980, viz. (1) the inability of the Republican Party to get wives to vote like their husbands; (2) the inability of the Democratic Party to get husbands to vote like their wives."
And here's why it matters: Reporters often thrust microphones and tape recorders at members of the GOP running for office and pepper them with questions about why, according to polls, the Republican is trailing Democrat candidate X in a race for the women's vote. But I've never heard a reporter pull the opposite trick: ask the Democrat why he is doing so lousy with the men.
Liberwocky really gets interesting when Gold departs from the well-trod trail of conservative media criticism and hike his skepticism up to altitudes where the air gets thin. In a five-page essay titled "SPIN-DOCTORING HISTORY," the author expounds on his theory that the "Judgment of History" is, in fact, a "factitious verdict handed down by a stacked jury of Liberal revisionists bent on redeeming the reputation of failed Democratic presidents."