7/2/15 Sensationalism

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In America, we create new words if the current ones don’t suit our purpose. 

Someone who uses both English and Spanish when talking is said to speak “Spanglish.”

Events get sensationalized. Are given bigger, fancier names.

It’s not really a political scandal unless it has the term “gate” at the end. Like Travelgate or Filegate.

Although some scandals are so serious that they can stand on their own such as Benghazi or Fast & Furious.

When a homicidal maniac slays more than one person he’s often labeled ‘domestic terrorist.‘ The definition of terrorism is “the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes   [emphasis added].” 

A fired employee who kills his former co-workers is not a terrorist.

Examples of domestic terrorists were members of the violent 1970s group, the Weather Underground, which the FBI designated a “œdomestic terrorist group.”

[One of the most notorious members of the Weather Underground was unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, a neighbor and political supporter of Barack Obama.  Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, another Weather Underground member, held Obama’s first political fundraiser in their living room during Obama’s first run for federal office.]

It’s now summer.  And we’re due for another “œsummer of” claim.  In 2001, it was “Summer of the Shark.”  The hyperventilating media had the public afraid of going to the beach.  Shark attacks dominated network and cable newscasts. Time magazine made shark attacks the cover story.  In reality, 2001 was a fairly typical year when it came to sharks biting people.

By Labor Day, we’ll probably sensationalize another event.  And heavily promote it as something it isn’t.

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