The respected publication, National Journal, called Larry Kissell's (NC-08) gas event a "sweet deal" for some motorists. The Charlotte Observer's, Tim Funk, calls it a gimmick.
I'm not going to try to make a comparison between the National Journal and The Charlotte Observer. There is none. However, I do believe that a professional journalist should have a better command of the English language than your average third grader. Tim Funk apparently does not.
The primary definition of the word "gimmick" in every source I checked runs along the line of, "trick, or deceptive tactic". Selling gas for $1.22 to over 500 people in an area where many are out of work, and stretching the event out more than two hours beyond the time given so that every person in line could be served is not a gimmick.
Funk might find a tertiary definition of the word that backs him up and say he's fine with using "gimmick" in this situation, but a closer look at a list of synonyms in a thesaurus quickly proves that it is actually Tim Funk who is being deceptive. It is either that or he is showing gross incompetance in his grasp of our language.
Why am I picking on poor little Timmy over the use of one wrong word? Heh, because he is paid to write words - to string them together so that they make sense. He's paid to report stories, not to just make stuff up or create a lie based on the use of one word. He isn't part of the editorial board. He's a reporter. There's supposed to be a difference.
So, does poor word choice completely botch the article Timmy has in the Observer this morning? It comes close, but his decision to interview DC insider, Stuart Rothenberg on the race is what sends the article into the realm of complete and total crap.
Funk chooses to get an opinion on the race from a man who hasn't attended any events in the district, spoken with any of the people in the district, apparently hasn't taken a close look at any of the polls and can't possibly have read any of the brilliant pieces I've written on the race(heh). Funk gets this gem from Stu Rothenberg in reference to the wave that might sweep Democrats into office.
"for Kissell to beat Robin Hayes, it would have to be like the wave that destroyed Atlantis."
Ah, yes, Stu....Atlantis...wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Stuart Rothenberg apparently gets his education in history from Walt Disney movies and that doesn't give me much confidence that he's getting his information about North Carolina's 8th Congressional District from any more reliable a source. Rothenberg might be a respected pol, but he should be a little more responsible when tossing out his comments. He obviously hasn't looked beyond his nose at this race and his flippant comment shouldn't be given the respect or weight that a serious Rothenberg analysis deserves.
Between the poor (or intentionally deceptive) word choice and the reference to the fantasy of Atlantis and a tidal wave that never happened, we can conclude one of two things. Tim Funk is either an incompetent reporter, or he's a right-wing shill. I'm not sure which is worse.