RANT: Use of word "gunmen"

RANT: Use of word "gunmen"

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    Angry RANT: Use of word "gunmen"

    Anyone else note the increased use of "gunmen" not "terrorists" or "militants"
    in the news -- as in

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUST...2F+Top+News%29

    Gunmen in southwestern Pakistan ....
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    Even worse is the use of, "Islamist militants."

    instead of, "Islamist terrorists."

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    Gunmen in southwestern Pakistan ....
    "Murderers in XYZ terrorized innocents across the city. They were equipped with vehicles, communications, weapons and apparently good intel. blah, blah, blah."

    The point of the reporting should be to warn folks of the legitimate risks they face from these murderers, as well as to record for posterity what happened. But, yes, as indicated, to pick out the word "guns" and to hinge the entire story on the phrase "Gunmen did XYZ" is the dishonest stretch of the language necessary in order to twist it from a news report to a spewing of an agenda. What else is new. It's a modern "news" organization.
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    Same as “undocumented workers” instead of illegal aliens. Reminiscent of newspeak in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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