To Call It A "Surge" Or Not To Call It A "Surge"

The LA Times (reg.req.) talks about an issue that Nicole and I have been posting about. Care to guess? It's regarding the lazy media we have that allows the White House to frame the debate on the word game with no resistance. Nicole Belle gets the nod in the LA Times: "Storm rises over "Surge" by Johanna Neuman.

I've noticed a complete acceptance on the part of most of the MSM [mainstream media] (and Congress) to accept the White House nomenclature," blogger Nicole Belle wrote in a complaint posted on

"After six years of this, I think we all know that he who frames the debate and chooses the vocabulary wins from the beginning. Let's be sure to not accept the White House framing, no matter how wimped out the MSM is."

Oddly enough, Tony Snow tells the media what they should be doing all along.

If all that seemed a bit confusing, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow had a solution Tuesday. Braced on "surge" versus "escalation," Snow said it was up to the reporters:

"You guys do words for a living," he said. "Rather than trying to ask Democratic or even Republican lawmakers what the proper descriptive term is, you figure it out."

Now was that so hard? Apparently it is.


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