So did the Fair 'n' Balanced network think "bigly" was an actual directive from the Dark Tower, rather than just a popular misreading of Master's voice? Has the party press decided to dispense with grammar altogether and instead communicate by means of farts and tap dancing? Or is something else afoot?
A U.S. Navy warship on Friday passed through waters claimed by China
near disputed islands in the South China Sea, the Defense Department
said, drawing Chinese condemnation.
A department spokesman, Navy Cmdr. Gary Ross, said
the destroyer ship USS Decatur conducted the transit operation near the
Paracel Islands. He said it was done "in a routine, lawful manner
without ship escorts and without incident."
Let's not entirely let the AP off the hook. If "drawing Chinese condemnation" is supposed to go with "warship passed through waters claimed by China," the attribution is badly placed. (Since the US and China seem to agree on the basic sequence of events, we could simply leave it until the second graf.) And jargonizing isn't a sign of a healthy, independent press. File "conducted the transit operation" with "executed a search warrant"; if the cops searched a house, say so. But the hed is solely Fox:
A Chinese defense ministry statement called it "a gravely illegal act"
and "intentionally provocative." The Chinese navy sent a guided missile
destroyer and an escort vessel that "spotted and verified the American
ships and warned them to leave," the statement said.
How we got a "'gravely' act" out of that is a question for the ages (though with Halloween at hand, maybe we could ask Sir Graves Ghastly). How we got the morning's top story is a different matter. Fox doesn't seem to know that this is the sort of thing that big powers do sometimes. If China puts up a "no smoking" sign at the Paracels, it should probably expect the occasional destroyer to stand next to the door and blow a little smoke inside. Which seems, literally, to be what got Drudge so excited last week:
Funny, whoever's taunting whom, it's still a sign of the Kenyan usurper's fecklessness. What do you say, Fox commenters?
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