“We have to defend ourselves.”
Sometimes words matter
“If they were so badly mistreated, why wouldn’t they be worthy of pardons?”
“He’s maintaining his base and little else.”
Plus: Media taking the blame for civility decline.
“That it happened or not, I have no idea.”
“…more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.”
Round 27 of this fight.
“This is a difficult time for our newsroom…”
“My behavior was wrong and inexcusable, and I accept full responsibility.”
“For an entire year, I embedded myself with the other side…”
“You know, the Kenya election was just overturned…”
“I suspect the president-elect’s definition of political correctness would be different than mine.”
Obama: Let me coach the next generation of Democratic talent.
“Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
“I think it’s unlikely to be a real thing.”
“I don’t anticipate that there is going to be major cataclysmic changes as a consequence of this.”
“…Ploughshares had been a supporter for so long that supervisors did not know.”
Crosses all lines
“No, I’m an American citizen, period.”
“I think you are trying to say that I used to be opposed and now I am in favor and I did it for political reasons. And that’s just flat wrong.”
What could go wrong?