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He literally went to the Joe Biden school of communication.
Politifact can find no instances of any individual named "Media" or business operating under the name, "Media", placing their lips on either President Obama's or Hillary Clinton's gluteus maximus muscles in a gesture colloquially referred to as a "kiss". Therefore, we rate Sean Hannity's claim that the media "literally kiss Hillary's ass and Obama's ass every day" our highest rating **** "Pants on Fire".
Literally is an emphasizer and listed as such in dictionaries.It's alive because it's a figure of speech: so true that it might as well be literal.Nothing prevents "literally" from being used figuratively, like any other word.You'd think this would be simple.
Sean Hannity is the perfect example of how not to present a persuasive political argument.The sooner he goes away the better.
I wish there was a way to vote for both #3 and #5 at the same time.
Other confusing figures of speech: Obama is the founder of ISIS.
I'd have cast my vote for "nothing."
The Bourne Ultimatum displays news story brieflyHis code name is Jason Bourne, but he had many identities, each one seemingly more deadly than the nextScreenwriters don't have the quality of proof reading that newspapers do.Nevertheless it shows that people write by reassembling cliches carelessly.Also I've found, after catching up on DVDs I never watched to current stuff, that replaying an old ones is more satisfying than the new crap, most of the time. You forget the plot details quickly enough so that it works.
Trump's spokespersons misuse of literally was even funnier.
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Asses on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched lips planted in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. Time to die." - from Hannity's death scene monologue in 'Mouthrunner'
Maybe the adverb literally is modifying the adjective every.
need to be allowed to choose more than one
The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen,man's hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive,nor his heart to report, what my dream was...No. This is real. Would that it were a dream.
I believe it was Rush who labelled it "anal poisoning". Either way it fits. Or as we used to say, "throw a brick at Hillary's butt and you will hit Georgie Stephanopoulos in the back of the head". (Sub any MSM talking head or "anal"yst.)
He's right about the bias (wrong about "literally", and if we start using "literally" to mean "figuratively" then we no longer have meaning for the word "literally"). Considering he's such a complete Trump lickspittle, he's not the ideal vessel for this message. It'd be like Kanye West criticizing Trump for his excessive Twitter trolling.
What's important here is that "the media is horribly biased" is ungrammatical. "Media" is a plural: one medium, two medium, a billion media. Remember McLuhan's book, "The Medium Is the Message"?
Literally is an emphasizer and listed as such in dictionaries. The appropriate response to this is described in Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novel Gambit.
I sense the frustrations of the Trump forces trying to stem the tide of uniformly biased coverage. But they got to develop a strategy to overcome it as it won't get any easier if he wins the office. Whining about media bias makes you look weak and foolish.
Bob R, I assume you mean "pfui"?He used that a lot. He was also prejudiced against using "contact" as a verb.
Sean Hannity is literally passionate lately. He used to seem boring to me, until Trump arose and gave him a good fight to occupy his motor mouth talent.
Talk about ass kissing. Sean Hannity, literally kissing Donald Trump's. Could he be anymore in the bag for Donald? The way he(Hannity)fawns over Donald is embarrassing. I am, literally, retching.Vicki from Pasadena
then we no longer have meaning for the word "literally"At least it's not another word co-opted in order to mean "homosexual."Well, maybe that is how Hannity is using it.
Bob R, I have Gambit etext on hand, what do you mean? If I start rereading it now my work will suffer.
whswhs, I think we are fighting a losing battle here. 'The media are' is correct but one seldom hears it properly used.
The media gave Trump over $2bn of free press in the first 12 months of his campaign. Now Trump and his acolytes whine and cry because the media have fallen out of favor with them. Trump said a few weeks ago, "All press is good press". So, stop whining big boy and just suck it up.
There was a great example today on newsbusters of CNN bias.The sister of the guy killed says on CNN not to bring the violence here. And CNN says she is calling for peace.What they don't play is what she says after. She says they need to take the violence to the suburbs. They completely distorted what she said and lied about it by omission.
wrong about "literally", and if we start using "literally" to mean "figuratively" then we no longer have meaning for the word "literally""Literally" isn't used to mean "figuratively." It's used figuratively.
I think we need a word to replace "literally, though not actually 'literally'". As in "I could literally eat a horse, though not actually eat an entire horse." "Figuratively" is correct but sounds weak--if you say "figuratively I could eat a horse" it doesn't sound like you really really really could eat that horse.How about "totally"? I could "totally" eat that horse. Hillary is totally being ass kissed by CNN. And if "totally" sounds too much like a little kid, how about "massively"? Little kids don't use "massive."
""Literally" isn't used to mean "figuratively." It's used figuratively."I used to think I was with it, then whatever "it" was I was no longer with.Somewhere, someway, some kid is on my damn lawn...
Hannity preaches to his choir - but he is to blame for pimping the guy who will hand us Hillary.Sean - you are to blame for Hillary. *
Hannity is an insufferable prick (I hated him for years, so it's not like this is about his Trump love)...but he's right. The press is giving Hillary a piggy back ride to an election.
You're an oldster, ann.Your poll should include a Racist!/Sexist! safe space option for those who cannot deal with the substance of the question.That's the default in the 21st centure.You're welcome.
Hopefully he didn't mean literally literally.Of course, he's right about the bias. But whining won't work. For venting the Trumpite id, Hannity's perfect. Judging by the latest speech, at least Trump is getting some higher-grade assistance now. Too little, too late, but better than nothing.
He misused "literally" but he is right about the figurative ass-kissing.This morning NPR interviewed some former adviser to Bush, McCain and Romney criticizing Trump for saying the US should stop nation building. I remember when Bush, McCain, and Romney's ideas mattered. Back then, NPR was all against nation building and the only people they interviewed were also people against it. My how things change!
You should see literally come round of a Saturday night for to get its wages, you see.
Virtually? Essentially? Basically?
What Hannity said is no doubt true, but Hannity still sucks.
It's painful to read a blog post using "media is" or "criteria is" or "phenomena is."
Hannity is the worst at logical arguments... no, i mean O'Reilly is the worst... wait, make it that eric bolling... hannity brings shame to the education you get at ND, o'reilly makes me question why Harvard is so expensive and bolling? i have seen all 3 of these proud 'journalists' go down in flames trying to argue a point... I'm not a trolling robot...
At the beginning of Gambit, Wolfe is burning a Webster's third edition for (among other crimes) claiming that infer and imply are synonyms. One of my favorite Wolfe Novels.
If you think "literally" is wrong, maybe you don't understand sarcasm.Needs a literally before don't.
Like "data," "media" can be used as a plural or (as it is here) as a collective singular noun (like "grass" or "rice"). High school Latin isn't the final word.
MadisonMan said... If you think "literally" is wrong, maybe you don't understand sarcasm. Needs a literally before don't.Your right about that !
Well, a member of the media literally offered to blow Bill for keeping abortion legal.If that is all it takes to get free head from random women --- yay abortion.
Literally Lana. Literally!/Archer
Projection, I tell you.
Hannity's ludicrous misuse of the word "literally."His use of "literally" was correct.kiss ass mainly US offensiveto be very nice to people in authority because you want them to help youkiss ass Slang: Vulgar. to be obsequious; fawn.
If members of the media were willing to suck Bill's dick, why is it so hard to believe that others are willing to kiss Hillary's ass?
Bob R said...Like "data," "media" can be used as a plural or (as it is here) as a collective singular noun (like "grass" or "rice"). High school Latin isn't the final word.Correct. Apparently a lot of people are too busy to look at a dictionary.
By the way, I literally searched Politifact last night to see if they had anything to say about Sen. Warren's statement that "Republicans have decided to sell guns to ISIS" or about Joe Biden's assertion that Republicans like Mitt Romney want to "put ya'll [black people] back in chains."For some reason my searches turned up nothing. Isn't that weird? The Media didn't think it was worth judging or refuting those assertions! Inexplicable, I tell you.
I don't watch Hannity. I stop long ago, I do agree with him, but he talks over those he interviews.Food for thought, Michael Dukakis was leading Bush by 17 points at this time in 1988.
Food for thoughtRead this - it kills they myth that Reagan was behind. By Spring, he was ahead.
I don't really doubt that many in the media would toss the salad of either one if asked to.
Bob R says: Like "data," "media" can be used as a plural or (as it is here) as a collective singular noun (like "grass" or "rice"). High school Latin isn't the final word.Apparently a lot of people are too busy to look at a dictionary.Bob R and intellectually lazy others (like the descriptivists over at Language Log) simply don't understand that "you are judged by the words you use." Bob R is judged not to be schooled in foreign languages, including Greek and Latin. He also doesn't understand that a dictionary, unless it is a prescriptive one (like American Heritage) serves only to explain what common speakers of English mean, not what good speakers use.I would venture that most of what Bob says or writes could not faithfully be translated into any Indo-european language. (Who would want to read it anyway?)The plural is used for things that can be counted, like people, media, strata, errata, data, and phenomena. Rice and grass cannot be counted, so we say "rice is" and "grass is," whereas the others "are." That's why a grocery checkout where I shop says,"fifteen items or fewer." (Who wants to shop where the clients don't appreciate both good grammar and good customer service?)
"Read this - it kills they myth that Reagan was behind. By Spring, he was ahead."This is true. Reagan I think was last behind Carter in late spring of 1980, then the combination of the Iran Hostage crisis and stagflation (plus the GOP coalescing around Reagan once he was nominated) gave him a lead that he never relinquished. It became a landslide when he defied expectations in the one debate (Carter came across sour, Reagan came across reasonable and likable), and when Anderson's numbers dropped and his voters broke for Reagan.At least in modern times, no one who was behind beyond the margin of error at this stage in the race overcame that.
Yes, Bob, that I remember. TYRex Stout was a fellow who lived a long life that wasn't nearly long enough.
sarchasm: the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.
Hannity is only a figurative ass. And I think the blow jobs he administers to Trump daily are also figurative. But I've seen enough donkeys to be certain about the former, and I really am only speculating about the latter; I suppose they could be literal blowies, but I think Trump prefers them from fellators with large fake bosoms, which Hannity so far lacks.
@ rhhardin: If nothing prevents the word "literally" from being used figuratively, then nothing prevents the word "truth" from being used to describe a lie.Now the rest of your comments begin to make more sense to me.
Numbers 3, 4, and 5 are not really mutually exclusive. The media is biased, Hannity is an ass both figuratively and literally (well he has one anyway), and Trump is still a douche bag. Embrace the power of "and" people.
I don't know how many times I've heard football announcers say, 'He literally took his head off!'. Brings up some vivid images.
sarchasm: the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the recipient who doesn't get it.I like it, Gritzkofe!
People who use "literally" incorrectly, figuratively drive me crazy.sarcasm...
No option for "all of the above"? It might be literally somewhat contradictory, but still.
It's always been embarrassing to hear Hannity explain a position that I happen to share with him.
All of the above.
Understand sarcasm? Does anyone in the Media understand sarcasm?Regards — Cliff
Literally... Things Trump would NOT tweet but Obama's David Plouffe does.David Plouffe Verified account It is not enough to simply beat Trump. He must be destroyed thoroughly. His kind must not rise again.I could literally not believe my ears.
While the media is so mean to poor Trump, he gets away with continuing to solicit foreign governments for his campaign donations.http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/fundraising/291503-trump-campaign-apparently-soliciting-foreign-cash-despite-warningsDonald Trump's presidential campaign appears to be soliciting foreign donations despite multiple warnings and a criminal complaint filed with the Department of Justice. On Sunday, an Australian member of parliament, Terri Butler, emailed The Hill the latest fundraising solicitation she’d received from the Trump campaign. The email, received on Aug. 14 just after midnight Australian time, went to Butler’s government email account. It asked her to make a campaign contribution to Trump so she could “join the highest ranks of our campaign as an Executive Member.” Butler told The Hill she has received several fundraising solicitations from the Trump campaign at her government email account. Butler is hardly the first foreign official to receive solicitations from the Trump campaign. Members of the United Kingdom Parliament, Peter Bottomley and Bob Blackman, have told The Hill that they've received numerous fundraising appeals on the Republican nominee's behalf.Fred Wertheimer, the president of Democracy 21, said the Trump campaign’s foreign solicitations are unlike anything he’s seen in the 40 years that he’s monitored campaign finance.“It’s inexplicable and impossible to understand why the Trump campaign appears to still be illegally soliciting foreign donations after they have been put on notice numerous times that this is illegal,” Wertheimer said on Monday. “There is no ambiguity about the fact that these solicitations are illegal.”
"Kiss ass" is a funny idiom. Imagine Hillary or Obama (Fully clothed, of course. This is a G-rated mental image.) trying to work while office sycophants and reporters stopped by now and then to bend down and literally kiss their fabric-clad cheeks. They would hate it! They would be hitting them, shooing them away, calling security.
"each one seemingly more deadly than the next"That is great.Bourne 7: The Pushover
My test for a change in the language is whether it adds distinctive meaning or destroys it. The use of "literally" to mean its opposite destroys its meaning and makes the word completely unnecessary. It is now used the way drill sergeants use the word f***ing. (Make the substitution in Hannity's tweet. The meaning is unchanged.)One the other hand, allowing media to be either plural or singular can add nuance. "The media is manipulating the election for the Democrats" and "The media are in competition for advertising dollar" are both common usages. The first emphasizes the media as a collective entity, the second as a collection of individuals. "Data" works the same way. Do you want to emphasize the data as a set or as a collection of individuals?Those of us who use language as a tool to communicate difficult ideas take a different approach than those who are primarily concerned with using it as a class marker.
Several 2,000 pound increments of people literally misuse the word "literally." This is not just a one-off-a-kind. It is not something I could not care less about.Just this morning many of us read an op-ed in which Jonathan Zittrain denounces the alteration of symbols used in communication. He correctly notes this is an impediment to effective communication.What word shall we now use to replace "literally" in it's pre-appropriation meaning?Well said, Bob R My test for a change in the language is whether it adds distinctive meaning or destroys it.
"The media gave Trump over $2 Billion of free press in the first 12 months of his campaign".This is one of the biggest made-up financial lies in the history of politics IMHO. And as a crappy lie, it was surpassed only one time: when dopey, lying Obama claimed the average family would save $2,500 per year on their health insurance. That, over 8 years, amounts to $2.2 TRILLION BUCKS making Obama the biggest political liar ever.
all of the above?
I thought kissing asses at Fox news was what got Rodger Ailes in trouble.
AprilApple said..."Food for thoughtRead this - it kills they myth that Reagan was behind. By Spring, he was ahead."What mythical universe did Reagan ever run against Dukakis?
Beldar - so you prefer Clinton to Trump? Beldar son of Ackroyd, I release you from my service. Go now and die in what way seems best to you. --America
Not so long ago people could use "virtually" instead of "figuratively", but then the IT folks started using virtual to mean God knows what, and have monopolized the word. Of course, in "virtual" reality one could see people "literally" kissing ass -- so there's that.
Yeah. And look whose ass Sean Hannity kisses.
In a court filing, Saucier's lawyer compares the half-dozen classified photos Saucier had in his possession to the 110 classified emails the FBI determined were on Hillary Clinton's personal server. "Mr. Saucier possessed six (6) photographs classified as 'confidential/restricted,' far less than Clinton's 110 emails," Derrick Hogan wrote to the US District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut,Stupid idiot thought he was royalty, like the Clintons... What a maroon, as Bugs would say.
If you substitute "not really" for "virtually" it will always work in tech.
"Virtually complete" is a favorite.
Literally the best comment ever:Beldar son of Ackroyd, I release you from my service. Go now and die in what way seems best to you. --America
And Sean knows ass kissing when he sees it.
The word "sarcasm" has also been abused lately--as Trump tried to use it to explain his "Obama founded ISIS" comment. What he was going for was "hyperbole" or "symbolism". If he meant that comment "sarcastically" that means he really thinks Obama has been ISIS's worst nightmare.A "sarcastic" comment meant to convey his belief that Obama's actions helped ISIS get started would have been something like "yeah, Obama's been real great at stopping ISIS, they're shaking in their sandals over Obama..."Nice language we had...once!
"Very" used to mean "truly". "Really" used to mean "in reality". Now both are used as emphasizers and no one bats an eye.
I like how the usual suspects want to make this about Sean Hannity and not the kiss up media.I guess the truth hurts too much to admit it.
the usual suspects Including of course our gracious hostess. The original poster.
Bad Lieutenant said...the usual suspects Including of course our gracious hostess. The original poster.You misconstrue our hostesses motive.
You misconstrue our hostess's motive.8/17/16, 7:46 PMI did?
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