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Politico's Kenneth P. Vogel, who from now on shall be referred to as "Kenningtonpants," has been on quite a hot streak at his news pamphlet. First that story, and now this one, about dirty words! Naughty naughty, Kenningtonpants! "President Barack Obama called rap star Kanye West 'a jackass.' Vice President Joe Biden told a senator to 'Gimme a f—-ing break!' Economic adviser Christina Romer declared that Americans had yet to have their 'holy s—-' moment over the economy." It's a new national trend! We blame the blogs.


Those who pay attention to political rhetoric say an unusual amount of profanity has emanated from this White House – even without counting famously colorful White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. But before this statement becomes fodder for yet another partisan debate (with conservatives saying Obama is disgracing the presidency, and liberals that the media are once again being unfair), they quickly add that Team Obama is no crasser than administrations past. It’s just that they are being quoted more accurately.

What’s different, according to linguists, media analysts and reporters who’ve covered past administrations is the media: Networks and newspapers have become far more willing to run with quotes, video and audio of political figures and their aides saying things that never used to be repeated. They attribute the growth of the political potty mouth alternately to the proliferation of recording technologies; intense interest in all things Obama; the explosion of new media platforms that both circumvent and push traditional media while sharpening competition; a general coarsening of the public dialogue; or some combination of all of those factors.

So adults are just speaking with their adult words, which is the only advantage of being an adult. Got it. But still, we blame the blogs. You know how "states' rights" is just shorthand for "kill the blacks," basically? Well, "the explosion of new media platforms that both circumvent and push traditional media while sharpening competition" is media shorthand for "kill the dirty fucking hippie liberal bloggers to death."

What's with all the @#%! language? [The Kenningtonpants' Kracker]

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