Saturday, March 2, 2013

FOX "News" Doesn't Understand Context: Maddow, Scalia, Stewart and Trolls

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Troll,
Photographed on (naturally) FOX "News"
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, when interviewed by the host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart called Justice Antonin Scalia a "troll."

Oh, the faux outrage! Oh, the faux FOX outrage!

Anyone who watches The Rachel Maddow Show would not only understand her usage of the word, but agree with her application of it. For those that don't (and couldn't glean the context from the rest of the conversation), a "troll" is an internet term for a person who trolls the comments section of blogs, newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, you name it, with the aim of stirring up shit. They say outrageous things, deliberately provocative things, with a main (or sole) objective being to get a rise out of people.  They might be trolling using their own real opinions, they might be trolling using extreme examples to cause the most damage, or they might just be ornery, causing a flame war just for fun, regardless of their real beliefs.

That's what Maddow meant by Scalia being a troll. He was bomb-throwing from the bench, causing a stir, getting some press, making a splash. Maddow believes--and I can't disagree--that Scalia revels in the attention. If you still don't understand what she's saying, think of Ann Coulter or Rush Limbaugh; it's their entire schtick. Here's a question though: is FOX "News" serious with this article, or are they trolling?


Rachel Maddow calls Scalia a 'troll,' like blogger 'using N-word'
Imagine for a moment a Fox News host calling one of the liberal Supreme Court justices such as Sonia Sotomayor a "troll." Liberal heads would explode across the fruited plain including in newsrooms from sea to shining sea. . .

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