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July 8, 2011

U.S. Constitution: Amanpour, ABC Give Tea Party More Ammunition To Attack, “Not Understand”

Is the Constitution really that hard to understand?

In its cover story on the U.S.Constitution this week, TIME asks “Does it Still Matter?” Maybe the issue isn’t the document, however, as much as it’s the use of clear, simple language.

For the Tea Party with its ideological agenda, they aren’t interpreting the document so much as projecting on it in more emotional terms. On the flip side, however, we had a wonderful lesson this week from an ABC roundtable in which a high-minded media personality, Christiane Amanpour, in engaging a Harvard professor, produced a pointy-headed display of such awesomeness that the producers felt the need to translate the repartee using a screen graphic literally straight-out-of-Websters.

And you wonder why the Tea Party, attacking Obama and the Washington establishment, has gained so much traction with the general public over elitism.

Video clip via Mediaite: Christiane Amanpour Uses Such A Fancy Word, ABC Has To Define It In A Graphic.

  • black dog barking

    Funny, the adjective I took away from those misdirected 12+ minutes was “obtuse”. Perhaps you had to be there.

  • omen

    really, michael? we know what “repartee” means. lol

    nice read on the emotionality invested in the idea of the constitution rather than the scholarship of it.

    keith olbermann derisively joked that it was like a VH1 pop up video. i liked it. we should have more of it. pop ups that discloses this or that pundit or politician bet short on US treasuries (a la eric cantor,) thus explains why he’s opposed to increasing the debt ceiling. now that would be entertaining.

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Besides the impish link to the definition, go check out the link again
      and see what the dictionary folks used for an example of the word!
      Buried treasure.

      Xoxo.

  • omen

    oh, wait. did the producers bend over backwards to define the word lest some tea partier freak out and claim she said something muslim-y? she’s been hit with that level of paranoid criticism before.

  • http://reciprocity-failure.blogspot.com Stan B.

    Agree w/Omen… Would be nice if we had pop ups to point out every outright lie and obfuscation a Republican makes on screen. Of course, the problem with that becomes immediately obvious- the screen would rapidly fill with pop up corrections and clarifications that would obstruct the entire view.

    Then again, no great loss there. Maybe they could even make a contest of it- who would be the first Republican to be interviewed without corrective pop ups completely filling the screen?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, for crying out loud. This is ridiculous. It feels like a put-down all the around: of Amanpour for being ‘pointy-headed’, and of the audience for needing definitions of words with more than two syllables.

    Maybe it’s the Disney influence: they see us all as children who need appropriately dumbed-down (and family-friendly!) entertainment.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, for crying out loud. This is ridiculous. It feels like a put-down all the around: of Amanpour for being ‘pointy-headed’, and of the audience for needing definitions of words with more than two syllables.

    Maybe it’s the Disney influence: they see us all as children who need appropriately dumbed-down (and family-friendly!) entertainment.

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