Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hurt Feelings

Libel: a written statement in which a plaintiff in certain courts sets forth the cause of action or the relief sought.That's what the dictionary says. Our "President" is very interested in this topic of late, specifically since the appearance of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. According to author Michael Wolff, it's one nutty place to work. Like the way Steve Bannon says Donald Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 was "treasonous." Those quotation marks denote exact words spoken by a specific individual. Steve Bannon has not denied that he said this, and as a result the "President" has begun referring to his former chief strategist as "Sloppy" Steve Bannon. Those quotation marks are here to show the exact word used by the "President" in a series of tweets showing his disdain for the thoughts and actions of the guy who used to run things behind the scenes. 
And now those quotation marks I use around "President." I am using them to denote sarcasm. I am not serious about my reference to the man currently occupying space in the White House. I am deflecting the respect that I might use to describe the Chief Executive of the United States. Respect is earned. 
For the record, I am not really worried about being sued for libel by the "President" or any of his minions. I deal primarily in opinions here, and even if he manages to whine and cajole anyone into listening to his assertions that there should be a law against writing books like Michael Wolff wrote. If that were true, then maybe there should be a law against calling former employees "sloppy" on social media. Interestingly, most of the clever nicknames that the "President" uses in his social media rants do not appear inside quotation marks: Crooked Hillary, Rocket Man, Crazy Megyn and the aforementioned Sloppy Steve. Those quotation marks are the grammatical equivalent of saying "just kidding." 
What you have just read here is at least three more minutes worth of consideration about how ideas are expressed by our "President." Sorry if I hurt anyone's "feelings."  

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