Unwashed

The Daily Beast reports:

“It’s great for me to get out of the chair and into the world,” [Katie Couric] says. “I started out as a reporter, and I still enjoy reporting.” . . . That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms.

(Emphasis mine.)

I found it so astounding that a news anchor would say something like this, I wondered if she really did. But evidently so, because Couric explained on Twitter that she meant “unwashed” in the positive sense:

Dictionary.com “Great unwashed”: the general public, populace or masses. Referring to overlooked people who r politically in the middle!

I think I might actually prefer Barack Obama’s condescension with a sneer to Couric’s condescension with a smile and a pat on the head.

(Via the Daily Caller.)

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