24 September 2007

Editorialize this...

In order to call a sentence in the imperative mood an editorial (and thus protected by the First Amendment), liberals, not satisfied with redefining terms such as “marriage”, and “family”, must now redefine “editorial”. Yes, I'm referring to the two-word "editorial" titled, "Tazer this!". (No link, since it contains an expletive.)

Before 21 September 2007, an editorial had been an article expressing the opinion of the person writing the article, usually (except in the case of the op-ed, or opposition editorial), written by a staff member. Since it’s relevant, an opinion (again, until 21 September) was an expression of a one's ideas and thoughts about something, an assessment, judgment or evaluation of something.

As an opinion – a statement of what one believes to be the case – an editorial is a truth claim and is, therefore, properly given in the indicative mood, not the imperative mood. “Tazer this…” regardless what follows, is in the imperative mood. “Tazer this...” has no truth value. It’s not an opinion and not, therefore, an editorial.

Some are asking whether the editorial staff should be fired for this so-called editorial. Clearly the answer is no: They should be fired because they don’t know what an editorial is. Heck, they might not even know what mood means, much less indicative and imperative.

Really now. The lowest ranking street soldier in MS-13 could have written that so-called editorial.

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