Paralipsis (par-a-lip’-sis): Stating and drawing attention to something in the very act of pretending to pass it over (see also cataphasis). A kind of irony.

Tucker Carlson is hardly worth mentioning, unless it is possible to commit treason as the son of a a wealthy family empire in the frozen chicken dinner business. The only reason Fox News keeps him around is to pay the tab for the lesser losers who work there. Even Shawn Hannity needs a boost these days. He just does not have top dog crazy any more. Tucker, on the other hand, decides what to say on the basis of any one of a number of adjectives that elicit squeals of delight on one side and vows to kill him on the other. This isn’t news. It’s an hour of op-edding without a reasonable conclusion, just a rest until the next broadcast. It does not stop. It’s like a nightly earthquake, with a fire and lots of injuries.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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