The Opposite of “Hardliner” Is?
MSM news articles are fond of calling conservatives “hardliners”. For example, here’s one article on Bush imposing sanctions on Iranian Republican Guard and the Quds force:
Even so, the administration’s actions yesterday immediately rekindled fears among Democrats and other countries that the administration is on a path toward war. Bush’s charged rhetoric in recent months, including a warning that Iran could trigger a “nuclear holocaust,” and his close consultations with hard-liners — such as former Commentary editor Norman Podhoretz — have led many outside the White House to conclude that the president will order airstrikes to eliminate any Iranian nuclear capability.
Keep in mind that this is a news story, not an editorial.
WaPo and other media outlets can use whatever term they want to describe folks. It’s their right.
But in keeping with journalistic tradition, I will henceforth refer to editors of liberally-bent publications, or liberal politicians, or anyone who is on the Left of any policy as softliners.
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