I think she’s Pitting the slant of the story, which is not overdone but is definitely slightly less than totally objective. Not that I disagree with the slant! – but the point (IMO) is that the story was written from a less-than-unbiased stance. Their relative sizes, his driving a Hummer and stopping in a no-parking area in front of a Starbuck’s – all factual but not essential to the basic story: Man hurls hot coffee at parking EO for giving him a ticket, and all together add up to portray him in a negative light. Although honestly, if I were writing the story I’d have probably done it the same way.
People, people, let’s go with the obvious – I was Pitting the asshole driver. It amused me that so many hot-button topics were rolled up into one story. After all, how many Pit threads have we seen where people go off on SUV drivers, no-parking-zone parkers, jerks with a massive case of entitlement assholery, and so forth?
But the essence of the Pitting is that the driver is a stupid thug. He broke the law, got caught, and escalated a minor infraction into a felony assault. The “jackbooted oppression” stuff was blatant sarcasm, and I’ve been trying to wean myself off of smilies lately, or I’d have been flinging :rolleyes: all over the damned thread.
Polycarp, my dumpling, if you think the Boston Globe story was a bit slanted, well… that’s the local respectable (if somewhat liberal-leaning) broadsheet newspaper. You want slanted, take a look at our dear little tabloid, the Boston Herald, whose article on the story (good for a huge front-page headline) has a darling photo of an enraged Mayor Menino as an added goodie.
Oh, and El Kabong, the llama piss goes for $1.25 extra if you include the rabies.