She really literally doesn’t deal in facts

She really literally doesn’t deal in facts

Did you know that Rachel Maddow is being sued by One America News?  Apparently this summer Maddow claimed OAN is “really literally paid Russian propaganda.”

Naturally OAN is now really literally suing Maddow for defamation.

And the Maddow defense is really literally laughable.

See, she can’t be sued for what she said because her words are “rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.”

So when Rachel said, “really literally,” what she actually meant was “not really and not literally. It’s just my opinion.”

Well, then maybe Rachel would be wise to avoid using words like “really” or “literally.”

I’m sure it will come as a surprise to all the devoted members of the ResistanceLOL who really literally take every word this hack burps out as the gospel truth.

You gotta admit, this is quite a confession by Maddow.  She is really literally acknowledging that there is nothing factual in her reporting rhetorical hyperbole.

From Cul+++ure:

Leaving aside that Maddow now says her words should not be believed as fact, a linguistics professor’s testimony is leading observers to believe Maddow is also now lying in court.

UC Santa Barbara linguistics professor Stefan Thomas Gries said, “it is very unlikely that an average or reasonable/ordinary viewer would consider the sentence in question to be a statement of opinion.”

Gries added that, “I am the second most widely-cited cognitive linguist and sixth most widely-cited living corpus linguist. The field of cognitive linguistics draws from both linguistics and psychology and studies how language interacts with cognition.”

After analyzing Maddow’s segment and identifying and analyzing linguistic markers including words, tone, and cadence used by Maddow, Gries found “Maddow did not use any typical opinion-markers when she stated that OAN ‘really literally is paid Russian propaganda.’”

Now, I’m not a cognitive linguistics expert, but I do occasionally use words.  And it seems to me if someone prefaces a statement with “really literally,” then she is saying “what I’m about to state is real and literal.”

One doesn’t ordinarily preface “dubiously figurative” statements with “really literally.”

Then again, perhaps her audience already knows that their beloved conspiracy theorist is bull-shitter. Months before her defamation of OAN, Maddow’s faithful viewers learned for themselves that Rachel’s two and a half year’s of “reporting” on RussiaGate and Mueller were dubiously figurative.

Thanks to the Mueller Report, her viewers probably already realized that, despite Rachel presenting her programming as really literally proving Trump was a Russian asset who is wholly in bed with Putin, Maddow was full of rhetorical, hyperbolic bullshit.

Not that Rachel changed her rhetorically hyperbolic ways.

Nope.  She just kept plugging away at it like a dishonest, rhetorical Energizer Bunny.

(Not that she was really literally the Energizer Bunny. She was just figuratively the Energizer Bunny.)

But now, faced with a defamation suit for her reckless garbage, Maddow is forced to admit that she is full of crap.

No wonder this silly woman’s ratings are in the toilet.

Is it wrong that I really literally hope OAN takes her for every penny she has?

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8 thoughts on “She really literally doesn’t deal in facts

  • December 28, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Praying this is the first of many lawsuits against loudmouth, elitist liberals who think they can say any kind of defamatory BS and get away with it. She/he/it is a great place to start.

  • December 28, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Perhaps her new year resolution would be to learn how to use the word literally correctly?
    Just like I want to literally smack her head off.

  • December 28, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I wonder if her use of “literally” is kind of like Obama ending a statement with the word “period”?

  • December 28, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Your Honor, would I be held in contempt of court if I were to call you an ass?

    Yes, you would.

    Would I be held in contempt of court if I were to just think you were an ass?

    No, of course not.

    OK, well then I think you’re an ass!

  • December 29, 2019 at 8:08 am

    MSM is part of the DNC.

    They are not journalists or reporters.
    They spread propaganda for their democrat masters.

  • December 29, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    she looks like bill nye. literally.

  • December 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    It simply amazes me that there are real people that watch and take this guy seriously.

    Literally !

  • December 29, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Why doesn’t the Plaintiff’s attorney just ask “were you LYING THEN or are you LYING NOW”? When you say “really, literally” it doesn’t get any more definitive than that – even a liber hack in black should understand that!

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