Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Loaded Language

It's still early in the presidential campaign (it just feels long already but here's a question:

Does your publication accept "progressive" as some Democrats describe themselves? Is it a "Democrat term," as one editor I know contends, meant to make Democrats look as if they're for progress and Republicans are not? If so, what about "conservative"? Or "rightwing" which used to be verboten but I hear some Republicans and Fox News use proudly? Is "liberal" an acceptable alternative to "progressive"?

Does a group get to describe itself the way it wants? This reminds me of the endless pro-life/anti-abortion/pro-abortion/pro-abortion rights battle.

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