I have a quick nit to pick with the media - stop referring to animus as "insensitivity." Today's example comes from ThinkProgress.org, which refers to Mike Pence's claim that stopping gay marriage is more important than the economy as "insensitivity to gay Americans." But Mike Pence isn't being insensitive to the LGBT community, he's declaring outright war against them.
Unfortunately, I see this time and time again when it comes to describing what politicians said. When Senator DeMint says that gays and sexually active women shouldn't be allowed to teach, he's not being insensitive to their interests, he's actively saying that all unmarried women are sluts, and gay men are pedophiles. That's not "insensitive," its an expression of antipathy (go ahead, look up the definition of antipathy, I'll wait). Is the KKK insensitive to African Americans and Jewish Americans? No, the KKK actually wants to forcibly remove all non-White people from the United States in as violent a way as possible.
All this leads to the ultimate non-apology, apology - I'm sorry if I said anything that offended you. My favorite examples of this include Trent Lott saying that he wished segregation still existed, the University of Colorado football coach who said it was okay for the kicker to be raped because she was a terrible kicker (definitely a reason to either quit the team, or play your best at all times), and let's see. . .I'm blanking now. But even though these guys said horrible things, its apparently the fault of the listener that they got offended. Um, no.
So please media, stop saying that someone is "insensitive" when in reality, the person is a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, or a homophobe.