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Date Posted: 03:31:28 10/23/16 Sun
Author: Lesser Angel
Subject: 2016, explained by Beltway

While no one has ever made a case for Shribman as an inspired wordsmith, this may be his single worst column in his 13 year history at the P-G.

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/david-shribman/2016/10/20/David-M-Shribman-A-political-year-of-disruption-and-dismay/stories/201610230077

Yes, every columnist has their own style but it's a stretch to call this "style."

The tortured analogies go well beyond ridiculous. He cites sports ("the two-minute drill against a 'prevent' defense"), in a pitiful try at demonstrating he has a proletarian bent. It's a momentary lapse. Defining the strategies of Clinton and Trump by citing Haydn's "Surprise Symphony" and a quote from the composer explaining why he wrote it is at best, a stretch and at worst, grotesque.

Citing Trump's background as that of "a businessman with a showman's flair" was a well-turned phrase, but his convoluted description of Hillary ("the New England afternoons of her antiwar activism to the commencement morning of her Wellesley education") ruins any chance of getting his point across to most readers.

He also notes a "patina of elitism" altering "the Democratic coalition." David would know about that, wouldn't he?

There could be one benefit. Journalism classes should cite his flowery, overly fancy language and dreadful sentence structure as an example of the wrong way to compose an opinion piece.

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[> Re: 2016, explained by Beltway -- SanSaBeltway, 08:27:35 10/23/16 Sun [1]

It's a pathetic piece of word-processing--pathetic beyond risible,

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[> Re: 2016, explained by Beltway -- Infamous Writers School, 21:13:51 10/23/16 Sun [1]

Sweet deal. As P-G Executive Editor and VP, he's well paid to shape a deteriorating, overpriced product that targets the upscale. It also permits him to generate self-absorbed, rococo prose like this weekly column for the only tiny constituencies that matter: John Robinson Block, Dartmouth, his friends at the Boston Globe and WSJ and Dave's other "elitist" pals in the DC journalism community.

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[> [> Re: 2016, explained by Beltway -- Machiavelli, 18:00:36 10/24/16 Mon [1]

It's code for equivalency, and it is just false equivalency. Trump and Clinton are decidedly not equivalent. He is suggesting they are equivalent, and that surely accrues to the benefit of Trump, not Hillary.

Too bad he doesn't just have the stones to clearly say vote for Trump, which is the meaning of his code.

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[> [> [> Re: 2016, explained by Beltway -- Lapp Dogg, 23:41:37 10/24/16 Mon [1]

He's just subtly mouthing the Block party line. Davey-boy is such a chameleon he could have easily worked for Scaife back in the day doing the same sort of thing. He's got plenty of brains, no guts (or stones) and his nose is permanently stuck in the air. It's easy to see why he commands little or no respect in this area.

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