Fox News decided to rename the government shutdown something a little more Republican-friendly.
Fox News: however much you think you know them, they always find a way to surprise. With Republicans getting battered in the polls over the government shutdown, Fox News took it on themselves to do a little messaging and change it to the “government slimdown.”
Yes, they really did that, and no, you shouldn’t be fooled by the implication that the government is shedding unnecessary pounds or doing anything healthy. It is true that not all of the government has shutdown, but there are 2 million government workers who either can’t do their jobs or are doing them without pay. Small towns whose entire economic base is tourism dollars from national parks and monuments are screwed for as long as the government shutdown goes on. The shutdown serves as an anti-stimulus that hurts the economy more and more with each day. Slimdown is not a good description.
And it’s not supposed to be an accurate description so much as a pro-Republican one. Fox News was designed as and remains to this day a mouthpiece for conservative ideas and the Republican Party. Changing words is a specialty of the Republican Party. They turned “healthcare reform” into “government takeover,” “global warming” became “climate change,” a complete fabrication became “death panels,” and now they are going for “government shutdown” into “government slimdown.”
The problem is that “government slimdown” sounds ridiculous, and “government shutdown” is already hammered into the zeitgeist as the name for what’s going on. The conservative messaging machine is generally quite effective, but this looks like a massive overreach.