Friday, July 26, 2002
Journalists can be a lazy bunch. This might be one explanation as to how the phrase “so-called 20th hijacker” became so ubiquitous to describe accused Sept. 11 co-conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Countless news organizations are using it - but is anyone else? Brooke asks USA Today's Toni Locy.
Friday, June 28, 2002
Can you define ‘kerfuffle’? Neither could we, until the word caused a kerfuffle at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. A reporter used the word in an article, and some readers balked at seeing such an obscure word in their paper. Whatever happened to eschewing obfuscation? Bob talks to journalism writing coach Jim ...
Saturday, June 08, 2002
In the wake of 911 use of words like jihad and crusade, often loaded, have sparked heavy criticism, even protest, in America. In the Islamic world, the linguistic ambiguities of the Koran, and Arabic, in general, are being exploited in an attempt to reconcile religious and political agendas. Bob talks ...
Saturday, April 13, 2002
People everywhere may be afraid of terrorists, but now journalists seem to be afraid of even using the word. The New York Times, Washington Post, and Associated Press have all ditched the t-word in reference to violence in the Middle East lately; but before Sept. 11, they had no problem ...
Saturday, February 16, 2002
The phrase “axis of evil” has caused quite a stir since President Bush uttered it in his State of the Union Address. The supposed coalition of Iraq, Iran and North Korea made for great pundit fodder in America,but has seriously worried the foreign press. Host Bob Garfield checks in with ...
Saturday, October 06, 2001
This week at the United Nations - a weeklong debate over a global strategy to combat terrorism. The big question - how can the world defeat an enemy it can't define? As the saying goes, "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." The delegates at the U-N agreed that ...
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