Monday, November 15, 2004

This is from the penultimate round of Wimblehack, the competetion to decide America's worst political reporter. It also happens to be some of the finest writing about political reporting that I have ever read. And as a bonus, it's pretty funny at points.

Named after Karen Tumulty, who pioneered and perfected its use, the Tumulter-sault is a neat little literary device through which reporters refer to "details on the issues" without ever elaborating upon those actual details. The typical way the writer uses this one is to just slip it in, offhand-like, in between the more important details: "Candidate X, who boasts an impressive record on environmental issues, spent the weekend snowmobiling in Jackson Hole with a pair of one-armed Marine veterans..."


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