And aside from any legal action isn't it just common courtesy to use
commonly accepted descriptions?
What if we saw the headline " "home guy" is a child molester because he
was seen in a car with wet pants and a young child in the vehicle"?
Should we just accept that as fact as "home guy" states any conclusion
made by a "journalist" should be taken?
To expand the discussion, what gripes me is the use of the word "suspicion"
as in "Joe Blow was arrested on suspicion of burglary and is being held in
the county jail."
No one can be arrested for "suspicion" of anything. Being "suspicious" is
not a crime. A person can be a "suspect," but it's okay to be "suspicious."
What a job! Use "allegedly" and you can write anything, facts be damned.
The only thing better is being a weatherman.
"According to predictions, the chance of rain tomorrow is 50%". (Meaning,
it's going to rain tomorrow or not.) Either way, you get it right. Put me
in front of a blue screen and give me $100k a year and bennies, and just let
me have access to the Internet and Google, and I could be a decent
weatherman. A $4 Salvation Army suit, a $75 used laptop, and a little
George Carlin schtick, I could do it. Where do I apply?
Hey, Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. Al Sleet, your hippy dippy
Heart surgery pending?
Allegedly covers all things, like hardly any radiation, or I only put the
head in, Judge, I didn't rape her. And nothing was ever proven in a court
of law, and no small farm animals were permanently damaged.
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