ARE WE TARGETING PRIMARILY MUSLIM COUNTRIES?
Three times already in the paper today reporters have told me that the upcoming executive order is going to block immigrants from “six primarily Muslim countries”. Three times in the same paper! And I’ve only read 4 pages!
Do any of these reporters know that there are more than six primarily Muslim countries on the planet (there are actually 50 primarily Muslim countries if you want me to spare you looking them up) and those other 46 countries are still open?
SO ARE REPORTERS BEING ACCURATE?
News agencies are not reporting news; they’re being divisive.
Rather, instead of saying we are blocking people from “six primarily Muslim countries”, how about we say instead that we are targeting “six countries who are plagued—by choice or consequences—with terrorists intent upon harming U.S. interests and individuals”? Probably, if I were still reporting, that’s the phrase I would use, but it’s not quite as divisive, is it? That wouldn’t sell news, I guess; therefore, best to stick with the spin.
IS THE BAN RIGHT OR WRONG? NOT MY FOCUS
Irrelevant is the question: Is the ban right or wrong? That’s not the subject here. I haven’t read the thing to comment on it.
Singularly, what I’ve got a problem with is the way the “news” (if you want to call it that) is worded. Or writing in general.
OBJECTIVE WRITING IS KEY
What happened to accuracy and objectivity in reporting the real issues, or is it that reporters, editors, and publishers aren’t smart enough anymore to look at the real issues?
Or is it fairer to say those three reporters, several editors, and one publisher this morning (out of hundreds of probably good ones in Nashville) are more concerned about selling papers than they are actually objectively reporting the news?
So you think maybe those individuals might have missed that undergraduate class on ‘objective thinking’?
Probably, I think that would be fairer than the headline I’ve given above.
And maybe those said individuals should take a look at this blog.
CLEAR WRITING IS GOOD WRITING
As writers, the words we choose should be exact, so maybe we should demand more from those who are keeping us “in the loop”. And maybe we should demand more of ourselves.
But then again, the title did make you read.