CHANGING THE POLITICAL, PUBLIC VERNACULAR

Stupid Is as Stupid Does


By Harry M. Covert

 There was a time believe it or not when the political correctness fad didn’t exist. People of all ages didn’t run around being offended by this and that and elected officials were never called stupid, even though it was often talked about in closed door meetings.

          In the journalistic battleground reporters always knew off-the-wall combatants and refrained from printing stories without attribution.

          Once in my early days on the police beat looking for a weekend feature I thought it’d be fun to entertain readers with a story on citizen arrests. A police chief almost had a stroke at the suggestion, “please don’t do that.

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