Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Belittle

Posted by Teresa at 5:45 PM
I know news writers have to use strong words that will draw the readers' attention.
But sometimes they just hype up or exaggerate what really was said. Here's an
example of this :
At a fund-raising event in New York, Clinton belittled Obama as
an inexperienced choice for commander-in-chief in a dangerous
world, for advocating a health care plan that is not as expansive
as hers and for giving airy speeches.
This is what she said:
"It's about picking a president who relies not just on words but on
work, on hard work," she said. "We need to make a choice between
speeches and solutions, because while words matter greatly, the
greatest words in the world are not enough unless you match them
with action."
I don't really see her remarks as belittling. She's downplaying the importance
words over action.

I only bring this up because I think it's dangerous for a journalist to insert words
that lead readers to draw a certain conclusion. The conclusion one can gather
from this piece is that Sen. Clinton is belittling Sen. Obama. Belittling has very
strong connotation. I don't know anyone who likes someone who belittles another
person.

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