The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Monday, October 22, 2007

Calling it what it is

More than once, I've found myself dumbfounded by the news media's journalistic endeavor to "lessen the blow" of a story by sweetening it up with the exclusion of the correct terms. They'll gladly substitute "sexual relationship with a child under 13" for "raped a child under 13". A baby had deliberately become a "fetus". Someone died, when really they were murdered. I know, it's a play on words. And yet I have a problem with it. It not only dumbs down the story- but it makes it easier to swallow. We lose a bit of the nature of the crime, we become a little less sensitive to what really happened. And, with crime- that should never be the case.

I wasn't going to comment on the David Copperfield rape allegations. Because, others already have- and they've done of good job of it.

Really. I wasn't going to touch it.

And then I read this line:

"The cancellations came after FBI agents conducted searches in Las Vegas last week following allegations that Copperfield "forced himself" on an unidentified woman."


Forced himself?

Really?

That's how the major news media is now beating around the bush to avoid saying rape?

Do we really have to tone down what the allegation alleges? I mean, we can still read between the lines- we know what it's really saying... so why not just come out and say it?

Has it become that unPC AGAIN to just say the word?