Originally Published on NevadaNewsmakers.com, 10/2/2007 11:40:00 AM
It was a terrible movie, but the Reasonable Reporter clings to and occasionally calls upon a single line from the 1994 film “Reality Bites.” The definition of irony – it’s when the actual meaning is different from the literal meaning.
Consider the Bill Richardson campaign. Let’s agree on the literal meaning of candidate Richardson. 1) a border state governor; 2) the nation’s first credible Latino candidate for the White House 3) someone who has professed intense interest in Nevada. A partial, but accurate definition of the candidate, who, ironically, could not be summoned this weekend, nor did any of his campaign staffers make themselves available to discuss recent immigration raids on Reno-area McDonald’s restaurants.
Those raids provide an opportunity for multi-layered discussion, as if the Latino candidate who touts a hefty public policy resume needs the meager insight of a two-bit reporter from Reno. But she offered a couple of angles, since the campaign’s Nevada headquarters in Las Vegas was utterly unaware of the raids well after they were executed and reported nationally.
An interview promised at 9 a. m. failed to materialize. Several reminder calls in the afternoon yielded no results. A visit to the Reno headquarters revealed, on this particular occasion, an office staffed with pale Caucasion youth, despite the Wells district location and conspicuous outreach to the Latino community when the office launched.
The actual meaning resides quite a stretch from the literal meaning, thank you Ethan Hawke. The rest of the story has been well told already this week. It’s about fund raising. The Reasonable Reporter had the poor judgment to pursue a story on the last day of the quarter. Today, she was told, they’re all out getting money. The actual and literal meaning of which is “Today they’re all out getting money.”Explore posts in the same categories: Uncategorized comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.