What exactly does the Journal mean when it reports that "the lines of appropriate speech have become fuzzy" in this campaign season? Does it mean that in previous campaign seasons it would have been OK for a Fox News analyst to joke about assassinating a candidate, as Liz Trotta did (YouTube)? (She apologized, by the way.) Or in years past would it have been OK to flash a little screen text referring to a presidential candidate's wife as a "baby mama" (YouTube), as Fox News did? Or would it have been OK to call a fist-bump a "terrorist fist jab" (YouTube)?
I'm not indicting Fox News as the only channel that "gaffes"—if that's what to call it—but questioning the Journal's characterization of the "lines" having grown "fuzzy." I await an explanation.
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