CNN has decided that their next line of attack against Donald Trump will be to tackle him on every single sentence he utters using semantic arguments…The problem is, they don’t think so well.
In a recent Tweet, the President joked:
“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”
The attack from CNN was that Trump did not understand the difference between Climate and Weather. They spend paragraphs pointing out that:
“Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere ‘behaves’ over relatively long periods of time.”
Which scientifically is the acceptable form, but in regular language, IT IS NOT. A couple of examples:
- “The current political climate.” – Surely if CNN were correct, we should all be saying the current political weather?
- “I’m going there for the tropical climate.” – We don’t say “weather,” if we go on holiday somewhere for the heat. Because as CNN points out, this would mean that it were irrelevant to us if it rained the whole time we were there!
So are CNN writers just stupid? Or are they so desperate to make points off the president that they are willing to stretch credibility?
By all means, put together a cogent argument that criticizes Trump if that’s what you want to do. But arguing semantics, and arguing badly, does no one any favors.