latest "-er" conspiracist: "skeeter"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Feb 2 20:25:01 UTC 2013

I've also heard "skeetgate".  Inevitable.


On Feb 2, 2013, at 2:58 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:

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> Dan Amira, Daily Intelligencer, 1/28/13
> In an interview with the New Republic over the weekend, President Obama made a
> surprising admission. When asked if he's ever fired a gun before, Obama told
> the magazine, "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the
> time." Asked if his family takes part, Obama responded, "Not the girls, but
> oftentimes guests of mine go up there."
> It was an unexpected revelation from a man not exactly known for being an
> outdoorsy, gun-toting type. So unexpected, in fact, that many people aren't
> buying it. And we're one of them. Call us the Skeeters.
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> Ian Reifowitz, Huffington Post, 1/30/13
> What's a 'skeeter'? If you loved 'birthers' and 'truthers', well, I've got a new
> one for you. [...] You see, Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of
> Tennessee, spoke out this week and expressed her doubts regarding the veracity
> of President Obama's recent statements that, not only does he respect the
> rights of gun owners, he has in fact himself enjoyed skeet shooting with
> friends occasionally during visits to the presidential retreat at Camp David.
> In fact, Rep. Blackburn is actually part of a "chorus of skeptics" -- I've
> dubbed them 'skeeters' -- who are questioning whether the president has ever
> really participated in skeet shooting.
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> Bob Cesca, Huffington Post, 1/31/13
> Yes, in the wake of the current president remarking that he has occasionally
> gone skeet shooting at Camp David, there appears to be a Skeet Shooting
> Truther, or "Skeeter," movement picking up steam on the far-right.
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> Dan Pfeiffer (White House spokesman), Twitter, 2/2/13
> For all the "skeeters": POTUS shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David on
> Aug. 4, 2012.
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> --bgz
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> Ben Zimmer
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