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A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.




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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

News Teaser the doesn't deliver

“The Britons are freed from Iran. But does this mean the crisis is over?” The local news anchor teased the viewing audience with this little tidbit right before going to a commercial break.

Sounds like he’s imtimating that there is something about this story you don’t know, and that when you return from the commercial break, he’s going to tell you the whole story.

Well, as a matter of fact, when he returned from the break, the newsman relayed the story to the audience, which was waiting with baited breath to find out exactly if the crisis really was over. What could this anchor know about the story that we don’t?! But guess what. When he broadcast the story, the answer to his misleading question, “does this mean the crisis is over?” was actually, “Yes.” In fact, the crisis was over, and his question was merely a tactic to keep us ignorant, curious viewers tuned in.

I really resent this kind of “journalism.”


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 4/04/2007 08:13:00 PM |


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