I confess I find it impossible when discovering a new text form to not use it in such a manner. It's a Michelangelo/block of marble thing....I'm a modest fellow.
And thank you for changing how you post links. It wasn't a matter of trust with you, just a bad habit to form.
1. Throw out the access-vs.-accountability model. Who gets the next coveted scoop? Often it has been that reporter who has most skillfully played the access game — the one who has curried just enough favor with the powerful newsmaker to be smiled upon, without giving up basic credibility and integrity. That’s access journalism.
Accountability journalism, by contrast, is often performed off to the side, by those who don’t have to deal with the news provider on a regular basis. But with Trump, only those most willing to essentially, if unofficially, join the team themselves will get continued, dependable access. (Fox News’s Sean Hannity, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin come to mind.)
. The hypocrisy of their current complaints is breathtaking, as is Blatham's credulity for them.
a little space for creativity had just opened up
You could also check with layman. I have him on ignore but I can intuit that my modesty gives him a boner.
Just my opinion, but I tend to view people who want to "ignore" others, and who are often anxious to publicly announce that they have done so in the hope of receiving "congratulations" from their homeys, as being hopelessly intolerant of dissenting opinions. Bigots, in short.
Just a quick glance across the pages of the Politics forum reveals that "cheese-eaters" is one of the mildest of the many epithets one so frequently encounters. Indeed it has some obviously ironic andf light hearted overtones that, in my view, make it quite innocuous.
It's use is an imperfection, of which I, and many others of us here, have in good store.
Below the surface communications and mutual reinforcement among many faily obvious groups of like-minded "homeys" abound on these threads. It is a common phenominon indeed and very human. Hard to imagine a forum like these without it, and layman is by no means a leading pratitioner of it.
That being said, I'd rather have users put others on ignore and use the thumbs down button on this forum than have us all sit here and try to make up some offensive names to call other posters you disagree with.