Washington wording..

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

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

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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:

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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

and:

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

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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?

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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.
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    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.