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TNT: Reader has issue with euphemisms

Letter by Greg Cook, Fircrest on Nov. 1, 2012 at 9:11 am | No Comments »
November 1, 2012 9:11 am

Is it now standard practice for Tribune reporters to resort to euphemisms when describing health or the lack thereof? I’m referring to a phrase in the story on a murdered South Hill woman, in which a suspect is described as having “apparent mental health issues” (TNT, 11-1).

What exactly is an issue? Not too long ago your paper also used that word in connection to a driver who (the reporter never exactly made it clear) may have suffered a seizure and consequently crashed into a fence.

The word “issue” is sometimes used by people in an arch or sarcastic way, meaning that someone has problems, an illness or difficulties resulting in a personal crisis of some sort. But the newspaper is supposed to be in the business of telling the true facts in plain language and not resorting to such euphemisms.

Please tell us this is not a trend in response to political correctness because you do not want to pegged as “mean.”


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