July 17, 2016

Slate Writer: Journalists Should Stop Using ‘Terrorist’ and ‘Terrorism’

UPDATE, July 18: See the related follow-up post: “Continuing the Discussion of ‘Terrorists,’ ‘Terrorism,’ and the Cowardly Call to Stop Using Those Words”


Adam Ragusea, writing at Slate.com, believes that the word “terrorist” has become “uselessly arbitrary and loaded,” because it “has acquired a powerful religious—and specifically Islamic—connotation” that “is substantively consequential.”

As a result, Ragusea believes that the Associated Press, whose Stylebook sadly exerts nearly ironclad control over language used in U.S. establishment press journalism, should follow the lead of Reuters and stop using that word. Oh, and based on looking at what Reuters shamefully did with little fanfare, the word “terrorism” also needs to go.


Memphis Commercial Appeal Editor Apologizes For Presenting True Dallas Massacre Headline

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 2:25 pm

The Memphis Commercial Appeal died as a genuine newspaper July 12.

Its journalistic pulse stopped when its editor, Louis Graham, apologized for the paper’s three-word front-page headline after the July 7 race-motivated massacre of five Dallas policemen, which read: “Gunman Targeted Whites.”

It happens to be a tragic fact that massacre perpetrator Micah Johnson “stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers.” By running its “Gunman Targeted Whites” headline, the Commercial Appeal was engaging in accurate journalism. But on Tuesday, Commercial Appeal Editor Louis Graham apologized for telling the truth, humiliated himself and what’s left of his profession by groveling shamelessly, proposed an insulting solution, and handed over the definition of “journalism” at his publication to whoever shouts the loudest and longest (saved here in full for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes; HT Hot Air via a frequent emailer; bolds are mine throughout this post):


Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071716)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Why this bishop from the US is now one step closer to being a saint

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Sacramento, California:

Jul 15, 2016 / 12:02 pm

On July 8 Pope Francis authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree recognizing the heroic virtues of Servant of God Alphonse Gallegos, who was auxiliary bishop of Sacramento from 1981 to 1991.

The late bishop is now called Venerable, and only one miracle worked through his intercession is needed before he can be beatified.

“This is wonderful news for all those who knew him,” Fr. Eliseo Gonzalez, vice-postulator of Venerable Gallegos’ cause of canonization, told CNA.

Fr. Gonzalez is a member of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, in which Bishop Gallegos was ordained a priest in 1958. Since the cause for canonization opened in December 2005, Fr. Gonzalez has been working to tell the bishop’s story.

He explained that many people who knew Bishop Gallegos considered him a “living saint.”