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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Remember "gravitas"? Now the latest meme among anti-Trump media: "Pelosi gets under Trump's skin".

Free Beacon: "Talking Point Alert: Pelosi Gets Under Trump’s Skin"
. . . "The press loved the acidic exchanges—Pelosi later said she would pray for Trump—and the "skin" talking point took hold quickly. On CNN and MSNBC alone, the Washington Free Beacon counted at least 19 examples of a variation of the phrase being used in just 24 hours." . . .




2007: Rush discusses how the press copies each other on memes. Remember "gravitas"?  . . . "I want to play this montage of ‘gravitas’ I was talking about last hour. This goes back to the year 2000. It’s one of the all-time great montages, this happened within a day of President Bush selecting Dick Cheney to be his vice presidential running mate. You’re going to hear Al Hunt, Juan Williams, Claire Shipman, Steve Roberts, Vic Fazio, Jeff Greenfield, Jonathan Alter, former Senator Bob Kerrey, Margaret Carlson, Mike McCurry, Sam Donaldson, Eleanor Clift, Walter Isaacson, Mark Shields, Judy Woodruff, and Sam Donaldson — and none of these are repeated.
HUNT: He is a man who meets all George W.’s weaknesses: lack of foreign policy exerience, lack of gravitas. I think now when Gore is trying to make the case of lack of gravitas against George W. …WILLIAMS: Now we look and we see the son, who is seeking some gravitas, to say to people that he is an intelligent man…SHIPMAN: There is a lot [of] talk they are looking at older candidates, candidates with gravitas.  . . .

Press memes: Thomas Sowell had fun with the Rush Limbaugh treatment of it.. Back in 2000.
RUSH LIMBAUGH has been having some fun lately, playing back recordings of politicians and media people, who have been repeating the word "gravitas" like parrots, day after day. Before Dick Cheney was announced as Governor George W. Bush's choice for vice presidential candidate, practically nobody used the word. Now everybody and his brother seems to be using it. The political spin is that Governor Bush lacks "gravitas" -- weight -- and that Dick Cheney was picked in an effort to supply what the governor lacks. In other words, the fact that Bush picked somebody solid for his running mate has been turned into something negative by the spinmeisters. The fact that media liberals echo the very same word, again and again, shows their partisan loyalties -- and their lack of originality. . . .

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