Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 31 00:24:31 UTC 2010

In 1994 senator Howard Metzenbaum used the term lame-stream as a
mocking reference to mainstream. But he was not referring to media. He
was referring to a political coalition that he opposed.

1994 September 19, ADA NEWS (American Dental Association), Page 13,
Reform, Chicago, llinois. (NewspaperArchive)

The self-styled "mainstream" coalition is not without Senate critics,
Ohio Democrat Howard Metzenbaum calling its eleventh hour plan a
"lame-stream" proposal.

There are hits a few days earlier in the Washington Times on 1994
September 7 and 13, but I cannot check them with a full view at this

An obituary for Howard Metzenbaum in the Washington Post dated 2008
March 14 does include a 1994 quote from him that includes the term

Sen. Metzenbaum rarely pulled his punches. He was so incensed by the
opposition to President Bill Clinton's universal health care proposal
in 1994 that he called a counterproposal from a bipartisan group of
moderates "a callow, heartless idea, a harebrained, cruel, crass,
'lame-stream' proposal, one of the most absurd things I've ever heard


On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 7:39 PM, Benjamin Zimmer
<bgzimmer at> wrote:
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> On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 7:22 PM, Jonathan Lighter
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>> A day or so after Sarah Palin warned (Saturday) "Don't believe what you hear
>> in the lamestream media," I noticed CNN had a map put up on the screen
>> plainly marked with "PAKISTAN" and "AFGANANASTAN."
> That's pretty lamestream.
> Barry Popik, by the way, dates "lamestream media" back to 1999:
> --Ben Zimmer
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