MSM Redefining Words
Now Rush Limbaugh has the MSM “holier than thou” wrath on him for using the word “uppity” to describe why Michelle Obama and Jill Biden came to a NASCAR race and were booed. From Rush Limbaugh, “NASCAR people, as are most people in this country, are mature, tolerant people who fully understand when they’re being insulted and condescended to. They know that in their hearts the Obamas don’t like them. They understand it’s a little bit of uppity-ism.” Limbaugh made the comment while also accusing reporters of failing to understand why the two women were not well received.
So I looked up the word “uppity.” Here is what I found: Definition of UPPITY: putting on or marked by airs of superiority: arrogant, presumptuous (uppity technicians) (a small uppity country). Examples of UPPITY: Don’t get uppity with me. Uppity social climbers who were the biggest snobs in town.
There is ABSOLUTELY nothing racist about this definition. Yet the MSM has its own definition: from ABC’s Jake Tapper on World News on Monday, November 21, 2011, “Uppity, a word that means presumptuous, but is loaded with racist connotations often used to describe African-Americans who don’t know their place in the view of white society.” So now we have the MSM (re)defining words to suit their purpose.
World News fill-in anchor George Stephanopoulos said “the First Lady booed at a NASCAR event. Now Rush Limbaugh weighs in, hurling a racially charged word at Michelle Obama.” The next time Stephanopoulos spoke of the incident, “word” became “words.” “Still ahead on World News, Michelle Obama booed at a NASCAR event and now Rush Limbaugh hurls racially-charged words at the First Lady.” Then Jake Tapper snidely chimed in, “Don’t worry, NASCAR fans, Rush Limbaugh is here to defend your honor and make things worse….Much worse.”
And I remember in 1999, a Washington D.C. councilman used the word “niggardly” (grudgingly mean about spending or granting: begrudging) to describe a proposed budget. On January 15, 1999, David Howard, a white aide to Anthony A. Williams, the black mayor of Washington, D.C., used “niggardly” in reference to a budget. This apparently upset one of his black colleagues (Marshall Brown), who interpreted it as a racial slur and lodged a complaint. There have been controversies concerning the word “niggardly,” an adjective meaning “stingy” or “miserly,” due to its phonetic similarity to the racial slur “nigger.” The two words are etymologically unrelated. When Rush Limbaugh pointed out that Howard was correct, he was castigated by the MSM.
We have already seen the MSM try to redefine the word “conservative,” saying we are insensitive to groups that the MSM defines, such as illegal aliens. What’s next? Will the MSM castigate us conservatives because that word is phonetically similar to the word “conservation?”
But that’s just my opinion.