CNN: The Scare Quotes Do Nothing!

Why do outlets like CNN even pretend to be objective?  Take a look at their headline for the Berkeley uproar:  Showdown looms in ‘treasonous’ Berkeley.  The scare quotes do absolutely nothing, they might was well not have them.  Its clear which side of the fence they are supporting:

The pro-military demonstrators were met by anti-war protesters who had camped out overnight, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown late in the day when the City Council is to discuss whether to revoke its previous vote.

“Their treasonous action, especially at this time of war right now, is not acceptable,” said Mary Pearson, a spokeswoman for the group Move America Forward.

Most people just read headlines.  CNN knows exactly what they are doing by promoting the “treason” frame to headline status.

Treason is a heavy word, one that carries deadly consequences.  It shouldn’t be used so lightly.  Our country has a rich history of pacifism, and pacifists are not traitors.

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2 Responses

  1. The word “treason’ should be used conservatively (no pun intended though certainly a delightful accident). Maybe if a person is doing crazy things that never happen like….betraying a CIA officer by blowing cover, not upholding the constitution in regards to warantless searches, torturing, or invading a nonaggressing nation.

  2. mdking,
    Quite the delightful accident. But your suggesting our double plus good President and Reagan like Republican in Chief might be a traitor! Where are my smelling salts?

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