OWEN: CNN’s violent trash talk

Politically correct network takes aim at itself

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CNN, desperately hurting for ratings, is making national news again, but not for good reporting - for absurd reporting.

Tuesday evening, CNN’s John King apologized for a guest using the word “cross hairs,” saying, “Before we go to break, I want to make a quick point. We were having a discussion about the Chicago mayoral race. My friend Andy Shaw used the term ‘in the cross hairs’ in talking about the candidates. We’re trying, we’re trying to get away from that language. Andy is a good friend, he’s covered politics for a long time, but we’re trying to get away from that kind of language.”

Seriously?

Apparently, “cross hairs” is part of that toxic speech the left has been desperately trying to blame for the Tucson, Ariz., shootings. If that’s the case, maybe CNN is partially to blame because, for decades, it had a political program called, as we all know, “Crossfire.”

But, no matter.

What’s more embarrassing than not putting the blame for the shootings squarely where it belongs - with accused shooter Jared Lee Loughner - is that Mr. King apparently doesn’t even know the meaning of the term cross hair.

Merriam-Webster defines cross hair as “a fine wire or thread in the focus of the eyepiece of an optical instrument used as a reference line in the field or for marking the instrumental axis - used figuratively to describe someone or something being targeted as if through an aiming device having cross hairs.”

The example given is “in the cross hairs this political season.”

The words don’t have to allude to guns. Surveyors, after all, also use cross hairs.

Sarah Palin’s camp had to explain this last week, when she came under fire for the cross-hairs graphic on a midterm election “target list.”

Take a look at the previous sentence: fire, target, cross hair - what vitriol.

What’s next, CNN?

Will you also stop using words such as aim, fire, shoot and target?

I suppose sentences such as, “President Obama takes aim at Sarah Palin” will, henceforth, be verboten.

“Sarah Palin is targeting Newt Gingrich in her new ad.” Nope. Unacceptable.

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