Tuesday, January 25, 2005

"Creeping Fundamentalism" Watch

From a Reuters story titled: "Survey Finds Church-Going Americans Less Tolerant."

Church-going Americans have grown increasingly intolerant in the past four years of politicians making compromises on such hot issues as abortion and gay rights, according to a survey released on Saturday.

At the same time, those polled said they were growing bolder about pushing their beliefs on others -- even at the risk of offending someone.

Opinion Journal notes that Reuters won't use the word "terrorist" -- opting instead for "value-free" words like "gunman" or "bomber" -- because they want to avoid "emotional language designed to label."

Opinion Journal points out that the Washington Times version of the same story from Reuters was altered slightly:

Churchgoing Americans grew less patient in the past four years with politicians making compromises on such issues as abortion and homosexual rights, according to a survey released yesterday.

At the same time, those polled said they were growing bolder about sharing their beliefs with others--even at the risk of offending someone.

So, which version has "emotional language designed to label"?

1 Comments:

At 10:39 PM, Blogger Ray said...

Both sides do this very well. Check out Lakoff.

 

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