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What starts with the letter “M”?

From CNN:

POLK CITY, Florida (CNN) — At a boisterous Sarah Palin rally in Polk City, Florida on Saturday afternoon, one name was surprisingly absent from the campaign décor — John McCain’s…. [T]he GOP nominee’s name was literally nowhere to be found on any of the official campaign signage distributed to supporters at the event.

Literally! Oh, wait — never mind. (Via Jay Rosen’s Twitter feed.)

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  1. Tony

    And John Edwards was criticized for starting his 2008 campaign in Iowa in January 2005 …

  2. zadig

    Perhaps that sign actually reads “More Palin”?

  3. Bill H.

    Perhaps the sign reads, “ME FIRST!”, the mantra of the Republican right since the Gipper made that sort of thing okay.

  4. Ani

    Well, then, either the sign was not “official campaign signage,” or it had not been distributed but brought by its own holder, or it was being held by an opponent, not a supporter … or maybe it was an old sign for Eugene McCarthy

  5. Dan Kennedy

    Ani: Or — most likely explanation — the reporter was stuck in one spot, saw no McCain signs, and made an unwarranted assumption. (I’m being redundant. Nearly all assumptions are unwarranted.)

  6. Ani

    Dan, an unwarranted assumption that no editor sought to modify after seeing …It has often struck me that in English superlatives are absolute (the biggest, the most obvious) whereas in many other languages, the superlative can sometimes just mean extremely or very (very big, extremely obvious) — here the reporter got stuck by using an absolute construction to communicate a relative point

  7. Don, American

    Muckraking starts with the letter “M.”. . .

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