Saturday, September 28, 2013

Word of the Day: Pusillanimous

pu·sil·lan·i·mous  (pys-ln-ms)
Lacking courage; cowardly.

[Middle English pusillanimus, from Late Latin pusillanimis : Latin pusillusweak, diminutive of pullusyoung of an animal; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots + animusreason, mind; see an- in Indo-European roots.]

pusil·lani·mous·ly adv.

This word is brought to you today by Seymour Hersh:

The Guardian Media Blog - Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.

Asked what the solution is Hersh warms to his theme that most editors are pusillanimous and should be fired.
"I'll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can't control," he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don't get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say 'I don't care what you say'.
"I would close down the news bureaus of the networks and let's start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won't like this – just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that's what we're supposed to be doing," he says.

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