Michael Gaynor
Why is the liberal media disregarding the significance of President Trump's quotation marks?
By Michael Gaynor
March 18, 2017

It is hypocritical to ignore those quotation marks and charge that President Trump accused former President Obama with wire tapping as defined in the legal sense.

On March 4, 2017, President Trump tweeted: "Is it legal for a sitting President to be 'wire tapping' a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!"

Subsequently, President Trump noted that he put the words wire tapping in quotation marks, because they were downplayed, ignored or not understood.

Oxford Dictionaries states that a quotation mark is "each of a set of punctuation marks, single (' ') or double (" "), used either to mark the beginning and end of a title or quoted passage or to indicate that a word or phrase is regarded as slang or jargon or is being discussed rather than used within the sentence."

It is hypocritical to ignore those quotation marks and charge that President Trump accused former President Obama of wire tapping as defined in the legal sense.

It is also...FAKE NEWS!

Merriam-Webster defines wire tapping as "interception of the contents of communication through a secret connection to the telephone line of one whose conversations are to be monitored usually for purposes of criminal investigation by law enforcement officers" (www.merriam-webster.com/legal/wiretapping).

President Trump obviously used "wire tapping" in a broad sense, to encompass surreptitious surveillance by any means, not the legal sense, or else he would not have devoted two characters to quotation marks.

Oxford Dictionaries also defines "slang" as "very informal usage in vocabulary and idiom that is characteristically more metaphorical, playful, elliptical, vivid, and ephemeral than ordinary language, as Hit the road."

President Trump was being "playful" and "vivid," not legalistic.

The liberal media blames Monica Crowley for not using quotation marks yet ignores the quotation marks that President Trump used.

That's liberal media bias, folks!

© Michael Gaynor


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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)


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