Thursday, August 28, 2008

Progressive Ban

A Rose By Any Name

The reasons, whys and wherefores are tangled up in the PG&E's fight against California's Clean Energy Initiative, but the San Francisco Chronicle has banned the use of "Progressive" to describe left-wing kooks and kommies.
We decided to stop using the word 'progressive' to describe the more liberal of San Francisco's political factions because it is a politically loaded term that doesn't mean much to our readers. And while 'progressive' may be the preferred term of some politicians — and, of course, they are free to use it to describe themselves — it doesn't describe where they sit on the traditional political spectrum.

We believe using adjectives such as 'far left' and 'ultra liberal' more accurately describe city politicians and policies in that broader context.
In 1964, Justice Potter Stewart speaking about  what is obscene, said, "I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced . . . but I know it when I see it . . "

 Same with "Progressives/Radical leftists.


Chuck Martel said...

How about "Sandinistas"?

There's the one line in their peoples' revolutionary anthem where they proudly proclaim "We fight against the Yanqui, the enemy of mankind."

Kinda' sums it all up right there.

Anonymous said...

Who would name their kid "Potter"?

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