“Progressive” new favored terminology, President Trump loses title
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We were drawn to this subject after noticing an interesting phenomena taking place in the…ahem…dare we say it?….radically leftist Arizona Republic newspaper.
A couple of headlines zero in on the new usage of the word “progressive.” It stands out starkly, minus “Flo” hawking insurance. Its erratic usages make unclear if it’s meant as a pejorative or compliment:
Progressive groups to spend $50M in Sun Belt
Could Arizona progressives hurt chances of Democrats in 2020 races?
The newly purchased Hillary-endorsing newspaper, rife with ASU J school student interns replacing fired reporters, is nothing more than a sickly, anorexic version of its long-gone former self when it was owned by conservatives Eugene and Nina Pulliam and employed actual journalists. Space is obviously an issue. Yet the 11-letter word “progressive,” not previously seen in articles, and never elevated to headline stature where brevity is an imperative — is getting a workout. “Democrat” is three letters shorter. Descriptive “Leftist,” only 7-letters and the preferred choice of SRAZ, is crisp and precise.
Democrat Steve Farley, a former state legislator who ran for Tucson mayor and lost, grouses in an opinion piece that he “was the victim of a tidal wave of cash spent by progressive Democratic organizations to defeat — and in some cases smear — a Democratic candidate who has served Tucson honorably for 12 years in the state Legislature. That candidate was me.”
There’s that pesky word “progressive” again. Its gestation period is shorter than that of a hamster. And, as we’ve seen, it gives birth to new young progressives in a blink of an eye.
It’s not an issue of word economy. The same intentional word manipulation is found everyday with the word, “Trump” topping numerous negative reports about the president. He is never accorded the abbreviation “Pres.” in headlines, which is shorter than his last name. Today’s edition has four such examples. Referring to President Trump in any way denoting honor would be a bridge too far for the virulent, unconcealed haters who work for the newspaper.
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