Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Paxman on journalists

Then there is the language of journalists - laden with jargon and cliché which can deaden the very events it purports to describe. Every event is a 'crisis'; reporters do not inquire, they 'drill down';travel  disruption does not cause inconvenience, but 'misery'. 

A correspondent discussing the chances of a peace agreement in the Middle East once actually talked of 'the roadmap' being 'derailed before it was airborne'.

From 'A Life in Questions' by Jeremy Paxman.

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