Washington wording..

[ by Charles Cameron — a DoubleQuote catches some WaPo weaseling with words ]


This is a day or two late, but I’ve been sick, so here you go:


It was David Auerbach who pointed out via Twitter that the Washington Post had changed its headline from an unseemly to a more seemly version:


DoubleQuote! — in fact, DoubleTweet! since WaPo still has its original tweet announcing its Wonkblog article, and also a revised version:

Brexit is a reminder some things just shouldn’t be decided by the people https://t.co/R3r9Ikb4Xn via @Wonkblog

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 27, 2016


Brexit is a reminder that some things just shouldn’t be decided by referendum https://t.co/BLA6RTdhfT via @Wonkblog

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 28, 2016


So what?

Somehow, Washington the Post and We the People are not coterminous, although together they make for a nice alliteration. Government of the people, by the people, for the people is less convincing when some things just shouldn’t be decided by the people, ne?


I dunno. Because then again, there’s Andrew Sullivan, Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic, and Roslyn Fuller‘s response, America Needs More Democracy, Not Less.

Forget Plato for a moment — what would Socrates say?

1 comment on this post.
  1. carl:

    The Washington Post would have done better to stick with the original headline. We all know what they think anyway, best to be upfront about it.
    It makes me wonder though who they think is going to force their will down the throats of the people if it ever came to that.