Thursday, February 28, 2008

Learning to Speak Modern Language

Baby Steps

The language the media use makes a difference in the reader's perception of the issues. The Washington Times has long been a conservative voice. They still are, but there are changes coming in the newspaper's language, which I hope signals to conservative readers that it is high time to retire bigoted language:

According to Bill Walsh, the Times will now speak in modern language.

A memo from the editor in chief reads as follows:

From: Patrick Tuohy
Date: February 25, 2008 4:43:13 PM EST
Subject: Style changes

All:

Here are some recent updates to TWT style.

1) Clinton will be the headline word for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

2) Gay is approved for copy and preferred over homosexual, except in clinical references or references to sexual activity.

3) The quotation marks will come off gay marriage (preferred over homosexual marriage).

4) Moderate is approved, but centrist is still allowed.

5) We will use illegal immigrants, not illegal aliens.

Thanks.
Patrick


Baby Steps

3 comments:

Jane Know said...

baby steps is right. but they are important ones in the right direction.

Fannie said...

Hmm, that is interesting. I bet we can expect WingNutDaily and Lifesite to immediately follow suit.

*cue laughter*

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

This is great news. I hope that these baby steps can move a little faster and catch us up to where we should be.... the 21st century, lol!