So Mel and Hil had their meeting this afternoon, which resulted in OMG BREAKING NEWS: celebrity sexytime Costa Rican President Oscar Arias will mediate "talks" between the democratically elected president Honduras and its illegal coup parasite regime. Whatever.
The point is that "illegal coup parasite regime" is sort of an awkward phrase to use over and over again, but what other word strings convey the same feeling? Let's take a look at what others are calling these evil golpistas, and figure out What It All Means™...after the jump.
The Obama Administration has actually been pretty consistent on all this, referring Roberto Micheletti's coup government as a de facto regime, in contrast to a de jure, or legal government. In fact at a press conference on Sunday, one "Senior Administration Official" actually corrected a reporter for calling it something else.
The Washington Post knows nothing if not how to ingratiate themselves with the sitting administration, so they tend to play it right, referring to the usurpers as a de facto government, or sometimes even "coup leaders," bonus!
The New York Times slips, but only a little, referring often to a de facto government, but sometimes a "new government."
Reuters messes up, in this story referring not only to the "interim" government (three times!) but calling Micheletti's minions a caretaker government twice. WTF?
But the Associated Press wins a special prize, for awfulness. Here they just tie themselves in knots to not only legitimize, but justify the armed overthrow of a democratic system. Marvel at this phraseology:
"The interim government -- named by Congress to replace Zelaya's administration after a fight over his effort to stage a constitutional referendum that the Supreme Court ruled illegal -- remained steadfast in saying he would not be allowed to return."Gaah!!! Why do you hate democracy, AP?