What is proper journalistic etiquette for friendly castration banter?

Ah, another asinine comment from Jesse Jackson.

When he says that Obama is “talking down to blacks,” is he angry that the Democratic nominee doesn’t use enough rhymes or alliteration?

Here’s what Jesse really means: “THAT SHOULD BE ME UP THERE — I SHOULD BE THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT! OBAMA IS JUST A SECOND-RATE VERSION OF ME!”

As for Jackson’s fantasy of snipping the Obama family jewels — which pretty much puts him in the same psychological camp as Hillary — well, you can forget about him sleeping over in the Lincoln bedroom if the Democrats win.

I’m fascinated by the wide gap between media outlets’ style guides.

The FOX Network (above) feels good about themselves by taking out the vowels, thus protecting the innocence of every child who has never played “Wheel of Fortune.” The Washington Post called Jackson’s remark “a base phrase to say what he wanted to do to the senator from Illinois.”

If a public figure says something crude on a subject of vital significance, then just report the damn quote!

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., to his credit, has the balls to say that his father is nuts.

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2 responses to “What is proper journalistic etiquette for friendly castration banter?

  1. I think Jesse meant to say that his father is “n_ts”, not “nuts”

  2. Pingback: Political Button Election Countdown (#1): Playing the Retro Race Card « Darren Garnick’s Media Lab

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