Friday, October 24, 2008

Potty Mouths on the Record

Ambinder prints a fairly informal press release from testy Randy:

Just read your post.  This is on the record.  This is cleared by HQ.  It is a fact that Barack Obama was palling around with terrorists.  It was a fact before Governor Palin  said it in a fully vetted speech and it is fact today.   It is bullshit to claim or write anything else.

Does this mean that it's okay now for Atrios and Markos to use profanity? Are we no longer offended by this kind of language?

Update: Worth noting that Ambinder is apparently another of  those journalists whose default mode of communication with sources is "off the record."


PhD9 said...

The original post that scheunnemann is responding to included this:

The complaints extend all the back to Palin's vice presidential vetting. Major disclosures, issue positions and associations did not come up, and the campaign was so overwhelmed with new information early on, it largely abandoned an effort to defend them individually. This is the claim, anyway. For the record, senior adviser Mark Salter, accurately identified everywhere as the aide who is closest to McCain, calls this scenario "bullshit."

So apparently the BS line had already been crossed. Scheunemann was just piling-on.

Jay Ackroyd said...

Actually Salter's interview with Goldberg was absolutely f-word filled.

Reading Jane Mayer's piece in the New Yorker about the selection process, I'd say Salter is pretty generally pissed. The unnamed aide sounds just like the guy Goldberg was talking to.