Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Thomas Friedman: The more I read the news, the more it looks to me that four words are becoming obsolete and destined to be dropped from our vocabulary. And those words are "privacy," "local," "average" and "later." A lot of what drives today's news derives from the fact that privacy is over, local is over, average is over and later is over. Lord knows I have no sympathy for the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, but the public disclosure of a private recording of his racist rants underscored the fact that in a world where everyone with a cellphone camera is paparazzi, everyone with access to Twitter and a cellphone voice recorder is a reporter and everyone who can upload video on YouTube is a filmmaker, everyone else is a public figure -- and fair game.

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I can think of four words that this administration made obsolete:

"It was my responsibility."

#1 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-05-21 03:21 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 4 | Newsworthy 1

Donald Sterling didn't get outed as a racist because everyone is a reporter/paparazzi now. He was outed by the AOL subsidiary TMZ, which presumably bought the audio from his girlfriend or someone else. That kind of thing could have happened long before Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

#2 | Posted by rcade at 2014-05-21 04:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

RCade, you'll have to forgive Friedman, he's not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.

As P. Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor for The Hindu, says "it's not the ‘world' that is flat, but Thomas Friedman's ‘brain' is flat."

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-05-21 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

four words that are becoming obsolete:

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#4 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-05-21 05:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

I would go with:

infringe

Constitutional

rights

accountability

If this adminstration doesnt know the definitions of said words, how do we expect the public to?

#5 | Posted by aescal at 2014-05-21 05:31 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

they also took the word gullible out of the dictionary...

#6 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2014-05-21 06:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

Two out of six posts (three?) attacking the current WH administration when the thread has nothing to do with politics. I love Drudge Retort, where no news can be talked about until we politicize it.

#7 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-21 07:11 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Lord know this guys has irritated me on the Sunday talk show rounds, but I can't help but to agree. There is no harm and a lot of good by occasionally agreeing with people we normally disagree with.

#3 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-05-21 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Andrea, I think you and I have similar political /economic views, but ad hominem attacks on a man that is not necessary. Frankly, IMO, it degrades any future argument, no matter how logical it is.

#7 | Posted by pragmatist at 2014-05-21 07:11 PM | Reply | Flag

Excellent point

#8 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-21 07:25 PM | Reply | Flag:

4 Words That Are Becoming Obsolete

I wish one of the words was precious.

I hate that word.

rwd

#9 | Posted by rightwingdon at 2014-05-21 09:00 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

precious has been going out of fashion since LOTR.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-21 11:58 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#5 If this adminstration doesnt know the definitions of said words, how do we expect the public to?

Maybe they weren't written for today's 2nd grade-reading adults, but for lawyers?

#11 | Posted by 88120rob at 2014-05-22 07:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

"...forgive Friedman, he's not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed."

Article is thought-provoking enough, but it is not the WORDS that are becoming obsolete, it is the THINGS that the words stand for. And by "later" he seems to mean "future," which is absolutely a valid concern. (i am thinking of news of the leak that China is preparing for the regime of N Korea to collapse, but that is for a future rant LiH)

#12 | Posted by kenx at 2014-05-22 07:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 | Posted by danv
"There is no harm and a lot of good by occasionally agreeing with people we normally disagree with."

This is so obvious it's a shame it had to be posted, but I'm glad you did.
It should be the argument itself that is agreed or disagreed with.

#13 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-05-22 02:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Of course 'average' is going away because are we not told that everyone is 'special'?

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-22 02:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

What ever happened to Freedom?

#15 | Posted by parjosg2 at 2014-05-22 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

I can think of four words that this administration made obsolete:

"It was my responsibility."

You forget (as do all righties), the following phrases that nobody dare utter, lest they be ridiculed:

" Nobody could have predicted".
"Be greeted as liberators"
" Binladen, dead or alive"
"Weapons of mass destruction".

and we're all still waiting for anybody from the Reagan or Bush Administrations to take responsibility for anything, from arming terrorists to Beirut to 9-11 to the Iraq debacles.

#16 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-05-22 10:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

Any and all politicians have an instinct to avoid responsiblity. Reagan for the Beirut debacle, GW Sr. for this Kuwaiti "Democracy" oops, GW Jr for Yellowcake, Clinton for enabling Al Quada (blow up 2 embassies and our response is to Tomahawk their outhouses in Somalia?)

We missunderestimate politicians all the time...

#17 | Posted by aescal at 2014-05-23 04:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

#15 | Posted by parjosg2
"What ever happened to Freedom?"

It wandered off with Artful Rhetoric.

#18 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-05-23 11:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

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