2016年11月28日 星期一

impugn, impartiality, messenger,

The President-elect of the United States, soon to hold the highest office of the most powerful democracy in the world, is now making the most serious possible allegation about that democracy’s presidential election. Donald Trump claims “serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire, and California” -- three states that went for Hillary Clinton. Then, not content just to impugn the election outcomes in these states, he also casts doubt on the credibility of the media, asking “why isn’t the media reporting on this? Serious bias – big problem!”

Campaigners say his outspoken attacks on hunting breach impartiality rules

Countryside campaigners are calling for the BBC to sack Springwatch presenter Chris Packham, claiming his outspoken attacks on hunters and shooters breach impartiality rules.

Sir Thomas More was born in London, England on this day in 1478.
"I must say, extreme justice is an extreme injury: For we ought not to approve of those terrible laws that make the smallest offences capital, nor of that opinion of the Stoics that makes all crimes equal; as if there were no difference to be made between the killing a man and the taking his purse, between which, if we examine things impartially, there is no likeness nor proportion. God has commanded us not to kill, and shall we kill so easily for a little money?"
--from UTOPIA (1516)

Queen Elizabeth has made her first public comment about the Scottish independence referendum ahead of Thursday's ballot. She said she hopes "people will think very carefully about the future" ahead of the vote. The Queen's comment came as she spoke to a member of the public near her Balmoral estate in north-east Scotland. Royal officials say it didn't breach her constitutional impartiality. How significant a development do you think this is? More on Newsday from 0200 G

The Other Snowden Drama: Impugning the Messenger


On "Meet the Press'' on Sunday, David Gregory asked Glenn Greenwald whether he should be charged with a crime for publishing leaked information from Edward J. Snowden.

Nominee Outlines Philosophy on Bench
Judge Sonia Sotomayor countered Republicans who questioned her impartiality on the first day of her confirmation hearings.

The court fined Dow Jones Publishing Co. (Asia), a subsidiary of News Corp.'s Dow Jones & Co. unit and publisher of The Wall Street Journal's Asian edition, 25,000 Singapore dollars (US$16,573) -- the highest amount ever levied for such a case in Singapore.

The ruling related to two editorials and a letter to the editor that the attorney general said were guilty of 'scandalizing the court' by impugning the integrity, impartiality and independence of Singapore's courts.

法院決定對《亞洲華爾街日報》(Wall Street Journal Asia)的出版商道瓊斯亞洲出版公司(Dow Jones Publishing Co. (Asia))處以2.5萬新加坡元(合16,573美元)罰款﹐這是新加坡類似案件中所判的最高罰金。道瓊斯亞洲出版公司隸屬於新聞集團(News Corp.)旗下的道瓊斯公司(Dow Jones & Co.)。


The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) is expected to release the results of its study on the impact of radiation in Fukushima next May. However, some experts have called the impartiality of such studies into question. Japanese energy providers have financed the work of prominent radiologists who have according to official documents played down the health risks of radioactivity, saying that low levels are harmless or negligible.


Line breaks: im|par¦tial
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpɑːʃ(ə)l /


Treating all rivals or disputants equally:the minister cannot be impartial in the way that a judge would be

Pronunciation: /-ʃɪˈalɪti/
Not partial or biased; unprejudiced. See synonyms at fair1.
impartiality im'par·ti·al'i·ty (-shē-ăl'ĭ-tē) or im·par'tial·ness n.
impartially im·par'tial·ly adv.

verb [T] FORMAL
to cause people to doubt someone's character, qualities or reputation by criticizing them:
Are you impugning my competence as a professional designer?

━━ vt. 論難[攻撃]する.
[with object]
dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of (a statement or motive); call into question:the father does not impugn her capacity as a good mother

Definition of messenger

  • 1a person who carries a message or is employed to carry messages.
  • Biochemistry a substance that conveys information or a stimulus within the body.
  • 2 Nautical (also messenger line) an endless rope, cable, or chain used with a capstan to haul an anchor cable or to drive a powered winch.
  • a light line used to haul or support a larger cable.


[with object] chiefly US
  • send (a document or package) by messenger:could you have it messengered over to me?


shoot (or kill) the messenger

treat the bearer of bad news as if they were to blame for it.

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impugn (im-PYOON)

verb tr.: To call in question or cast doubt upon.

Via French from Latin impugnare (to attack), from im- (towards) + pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk (to prick) which is also the source of point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, and poniard. Earliest documented use: 1384.

"'You can't impugn somebody's integrity without having proper evidence,' David Collier, chief executive of board, said earlier." — Huw Richards; Troubled Tour Ends for Pakistan; The New York Times; Sep 23, 2010.