Be very afraid.
Glenn Beck had a great point this week when he noted that, even though the Benghazi, IRS and DOJ-AP scandal stories were gaining traction in Mainstream Media, the Media had yet to do what they seem to otherwise always do, which is to name the scandal(s). Thus, Beck took it upon himself to solicit from his audience scandal name suggestions via Twitter. Due to certain circumstances, I was too late to participate, though I did submit my suggestions anyway for the record.
Beck prefaced the solicitation by suggesting that all three scandals have a common thread, which is mainly that whistleblowers are demoted or fired and are left to pick up the pieces while the top of the administration opts for plausible deniability by pre-emptively detaching themselves from any responsibility. I’m getting ahead of myself here, but this week’s responses from Carney, the President and Eric Holder have also had a common thread, which I call the Sergeant Schultz Defense (“I know nothing! Nothing!”).
Ultimately, the winning suggestion, pictured above, was Intimigate. The Beck staff has since placed the Obama logo in place of the third “i” (blind?), making it Intim-O-gate.
It’s an interesting choice because at one point during the contest, Beck was reading through the early entries and specified, “Enough with the ‘gates’.”
Even before he had said that on the air, I had been thinking the same thing. I’m too literal, but, in case you’re too young to know this, the reason the Watergate scandal was called “Watergate” was because it was the name of the hotel. It wasn’t the “Water” hotel and they appended “gate” to it because “gate” equals “scandal”.
In the late 80s, the predominant White House scandal was called Iran Contra. No “gate” required. It should be noted that “IRS-gate” was already applied among the many Clinton “gate” ascribed by Conservative media.
That disclaimer noted, a “gate” won the contest anyway.
I’m not bitter because my entries were tardy, but I actually don’t think Intimigate applies very heavily to more than one of the scandals – the IRS scandal, in which certain 501c tax exempt applicants were hammered with “enemies-list-gathering” style questions that seemed rather intimidating. However, I don’t really see an application for Benghazi or the wiretapping of journalists of Intimigate.
I saw a different common thread among the scandals, which was a pro-Muslim, anti-Christian/anti-Jew strategy. Pro Israel 501c applicants, for example, were told by the IRS that concerns about “Israeli terrorism” prompted their line of questioning. Essentially, the Administration, since its inception has been profiling plenty of groups it finds dangerous – legal gun owners, Judeo-Christians, Conservatives; all but seemingly the one group which has consistently been trying to blow us all up.
This observation prompted me to suggest American Caliphate or, to apply the “gate” terminology: “CaliphGate”. The former has a double-meaning – that we are helping the Muslim Brotherhood across the Middle East and Africa by supporting their so-called “rebels” with finances and arms to take down less-evil dictators in the region, but also because at home our government is behaving much like those particular fascists with their attempts to silence or intimidate whistleblowers within their own administration or political enemies outside of it.
As for Beck’s common thread pertaining to how whistleblowers are dealt with, I came up with the suggestion that this president has given a whole new meaning to the term, Whistle-Stop. I am still pushing to get this term into the (Conservative) Media lexicon.
On a more humorous note, though Beck said right off the bat we shouldn’t adopt a flippant scandal name or it won’t be taken seriously, for fun I also produced the suggested name, Whatdifferencedoesit-Gate. The truncated version, which is actually more sober – because it really does make a difference, is simply, Difference-Gate.
Also there are some plays-on-words with the tax exempt status claims such as, 501c No Evil or 501c of Deception. You get the gist.
I also reminded many in the Media that I, albeit unsuccessfully because it didn’t catch on, during the 2012 campaign, coined the phrase, Ass-Forward as a play on the Forward campaign slogan. At the time it was a comment on the Democrat Convention juxtaposition of conflicting messages – one, that we “can’t go back to the economic policies of Bush” and hence, we must go “Forward”, and two, that we should go “back” even further than Bush to the tax rates of Clinton.
Fast-”Forward” to today, and if you believe what the Administration is selling, that they knew absolutely nothing about any of the happenstance making news, then you’d have to at the very least believe that this is one incredibly incompetent leader with his head buried in the sand. Within that construct, I think Ass-Forward also applies perfectly.
Anyway, I wasn’t nuts about Intimigate but I’m still working on Whistle-Stop being adopted in some fashion. This evening’s Real News broadcast on The Blaze, Beck’s network, featured the caption, War on Whistleblowers – but I much prefer Whistle-Stop, both for its succinct nature and for its historical context relative to the Presidency.
If you want to stop the whistleblower from blowing, you’ve got to stop the whistle. You could go with Blow-Stop but that is not descriptive enough, though it does rhyme nicely with “Blow Pop”.
Hope you can think of a few good ones on your own. It’s not too late, as so far only The Blaze has begun deploying Intimigate into its vernacular.
There’s still time to dub something before the rest of the Media does.