Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hey Hey, Ho Ho/Howie the Putz Is A Lying Ho

In comments, Liars For McCaca points out this "Note" from Howie Kurtz's June 6 online column:

(Note: The original headline on this column was "Hey, Ho, Please Don't Go," which is, of course, a play on Vietnam-era antiwar chants that often began "Hey Hey, Ho Ho." It frankly never occurred to me that some readers would seize on the "ho" and view that as a disparaging remark about Hillary Clinton. As someone who has criticized some of the sexist treatment she has received, I regret if anyone took that the wrong way.)
And my references to Howie the Putz are, of course, a play on the golf stroke that often occurs on the green.

Howie's column, of course, has nothing to do with the Vietnam war or protests or opposition to the war or chanting, so, of course, it was natural for Howie to make a play on Vietnam-era antiwar chants in reference to a column about Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primaries. And the fact that Howie didn't quote the actual chant, of course, is frankly something Howie hopes you won't notice. The fact that the "play" gave Howie the chance to call the Senator a whore was, frankly and of course, just an unexpected windfall.

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