September 21st, 2004

eowyn

The words we use: a rant

CanWest, Reuters, and the "terrorists"

Where do I start with this one? With the idea of journalistic ethics? The idea that it's wrong to misrepresent someone's words, and that it's just as wrong if you're misrepresenting what a news agency said rather than an individual? No, because as appalling as that is, that's not what really gets under my skin.

This rant is going to be about the word "terrorist". Consider yourself warned. Another caveat: I haven't read the Post editorial defending the changes, and it's subscription-only on their site, so I'm only reacting to what I've read in the Globe. I don't have the full story. But I do have lots of opinions. (Ha!)

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