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Euphanisms have their place

Reader comment on item: [Beslan Atrocity:] They're Terrorists - Not Activists

Submitted by RJ Kennedy (Canada), Sep 9, 2004 at 02:53

I read your article concerning the use of euphanisms in attempts to make something horrid seem more palatable. Terrorists are not "freedom fighters" nor do they need be called anything other than what they really are. They are Terrorists.

I find it very ironic that reporters, or their newspapers would even attempt at modifying the name of such individuals. Freedom fighters don't bomb and terrorize the innocent in the name of their God. What I feel when I read euphanisms being used to try and color coat reality is nothing less than disgust.

Why would such publications bring themselves down to such lows? We readers aren't taken in by such things. We know the difference. We are not swayed by the childish attempt at calling a spade other than what it is. Such action does nothing other than make the publication less than what it could be. Is honest reporting becoming nothing more than a myth? We, the readers, demand better.

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