Forensic linguistics: The “lodestar” tell…

I thought that the NY Times’ anonymously written I Am Part of the Resistance op-ed  was pretty vacuous.

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I was expecting a bombshell and got “where’s the beef?”

But, as a faithful Forensic Files viewer, I did get some amusement from the op-ed…

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On “Files”, investigators always dissect ransom notes, etc., for clues to a perp’s identity.

Usually, it’s a challenge … trying to identify recurring tell-tale patterns in the perp’s prior writings.

“Anonymous”, though left a conspicuous “tell” …

We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue.

“Lodestar” ???

My vocab is pretty robust, but I had to run to the inline dictionary.

Merriam-Webster definition of lodestar. (1) archaic : a star that leads or guides; especially : north star. (2): one that serves as an inspiration, model, or guide.

So, which “Senior Administration Official” has previously used the word lodestone in prior writings and speeches?

BINGO: numerous sources quickly landed on VP Mike Pence … but couldn’t find the word in other officials’ vocab.

The BBC has a nice recap  to Pence clips using the word.

Uh-oh.

But, would Pence be so dumb as to flaunt the word when trying to be anonymous?

Maybe, it was one of Pence’s speechwriters

A good forensic test would be to see if Pence used the word lodestar before he hooked up with his current speechwriters.

Or, maybe it was a “false flag” planted by somebody else who wanted to pin the op-ed on Pence … another level of anonymity protection.

Or, maybe it’s just fake news…

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