The definition of russertarded

To clarify: It’s an adjective generally applied to questions or lines of inquiry that are meant to sound tough but are in fact mind-bogglingly stupid.

Usually such questions include an unreasonable focus on obscure past statements the person being asked has made, a demand for consistency over accuracy, ridiculous hypotheticals, demands for the person to denounce something completely irrelevant, and gratuitous references to how totally awesome the interviewer is.

For example, a russertarded question that fits into all of those categories is:

“Senator Obama, you recently said that Omar is your favorite character on The Wire, but an anonymous high-level informant has suggested that your favorite character in the second season was Stringer Bell. My question is in three parts: One, which is your favorite character, two, are you willing to disassociate yourself from Stringer Bell’s alleged hand in the murder of Wallace, and three, if you were president of the United States and Omar challenged you to a fight, would you be able to take him?”

UPDATE: Oops. I just realized that the above question doesn’t have a gratuitous reference to the inherent awesomness of the interview. Here’s the way that question should read, with the added text in bold:

“Senator Obama, you recently said that Omar is your favorite character on The Wire, but an anonymous high-level informant has suggested that your favorite character in the second season was Stringer Bell. My question is in three parts: One, which is your favorite character, two, are you willing to disassociate yourself from Stringer Bell’s alleged hand in the murder of Wallace, and three, if you were president of the United States and Omar challenged you to a fight, would you be able to take him? I’m a highly paid network journalist who is able to rub elbows with other equally important people, yet never forget my working-class, all-American blue-collar roots and heroically speak truth to power. Yay me.

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