I love politics.
I have always loved politics and always will. I get my news when it comes to politics from a plethora of different news outlets, but none more so than cable news. I watch them all. So much so that I would say, while others look forward to the Olympics every four years to choose up teams and support those they love. I am the same way when it comes to the presidential race. Every four years I support my guy and enjoy the ups and downs of the race. Love it.
This year has been no different. I am glued to my TV each evening in anticipation of poll numbers and commentary from countless reporters, politicians and columnists. However.....I have noticed an extremely annoying and mind numbing trend that is growing among those that cover the news, and that is the over use of the word..... "right?"
I realize that in Europe it is very common for people to end a statement with the words "Yes" or "No" I get it, that makes sense.
I believe Americans are an overly friendly lot...yes?
I understand why they end their sentences with the qualifiers. Because I don't live in Europe, the only time I hear that being used is when I am watching one of the many Gordon Ramsay shows on Fox. It doesn't grate on my nerves as it would if it was used much more. However, turn on any one of the cable news shows day or night and you will be bombarded with the annoying - over use of the word "Right?" after EVERY sentence. Every comment and commentary voiced you will hear "Right?"
Intelligent, skilled and educated men and women that know their stuff. Those that know what they are talking about on any subject offered up, are reduced to a 2012 version of a Valley Girl of sorts because of their manner of speech.
"So the thing about Romney is that he really doesn't stand for anything....right?"
Barack Obama and his campaign need to focus more on women this time around....right?"
Or you have those that place the "right" in the beginning of their comments:
"So the Tea Party....right?.....they have come to be known for their extreme views"
The irritation lies in the fact they aren't asking a question, they are making statements. It's almost as if it is now a collective "nervous tick" for those that do this. I watched Lawrence O'Donnell's show recently and every single panelists was throwing around "right?" In the beginning, middle and end of their comments. And because the conversations were animated, it was a sea of "RIGHT....RIGHT.....RIGHT?" And Rachel Maddow....I love you to pieces, I really do, but you do this A Lot!
So I doubt if this article will be seen and read by those that appear on TV news, so maybe this will be nothing more than therapeutic for me to get this off my chest and vent....but for the love of all that is holy, please stop saying RIGHT? Just voice your opinion and let it go! :-)