More broadcast journalism

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 4 05:57:04 UTC 2010


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On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 7:14 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> I've just read an historian who does the same thing.  What is (are)
> the best adjective(s) to describe this kind of writing and
> speech?  (I want serious, scholarly ones, not the snarky.)
> Joel
> At 5/3/2010 05:47 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> >It took two by-lined AP journalists to write the following [
> >
> ]:
> >
> >"The surveillance video, made public late Sunday, shows the man slipping
> >down Shubert Alley and taking off his shirt, revealing another underneath.
> >In the same clip, [he] looks back in the direction of the smoking vehicle
> >and furtively puts the first shirt in a bag."
> >
> >I've watched the video several times, and simple accuracy demands
> >"...walking down Shubert Alley" and "looks behind him and places the first
> >shirt in the bag."
> >
> >At least the article cites Mayor Bloomberg (for balance):  "'He may or may
> >not have been involved,' he said, adding it was a hot day and he might
> >simply have been trying to cool off."
> >
> >Whether or not the guy turns out to have been involved, the only possible
> >reason to write "slipping," "furtively," and "in the direction of the
> >smoking vehicle" is to make his actions - in this clip -  seem especially
> >suspicious.
> >

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