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'Breaking news' break

Newscasters and reporters in all media and from across the political spectrum are guilty of language abuse. They routinely abuse, misuse and mischaracterize information in order to attract our attention.

The most abused phrase, by far, is "breaking news." It appears as though anything reported at any time is breaking news. This is incorrect. The only time a story is breaking news is the first time it is reported. After that it is continuing coverage.

Breaking news is a phrase we should only see maybe once or twice a day, not continuously about everything.

There are numerous other ways reporters abuse the language to punch up their stories. For example, any time someone disagrees with another person's statement or position, it's always Party A "slams" or "attacks" Party B.

This type of pointless hyperbole permeates everything from news to weather to entertainment. Words like "slammed," "blistered," "blasted" replaced "criticized," "opposed" or "offered an opposing opinion" to infuse drama, but they diminish accuracy and overly promote confrontational imagery. As such, dialogue is diminished across the board.

Those in the public forum should act responsibly and choose their words more carefully with the aim of informing and enlightening, rather than reaching for emotional response. Their business is language, and they should go back to using it properly. Too much "crying wolf" dilutes the impact of what they are really trying to say.


A.C. lifeguards dedicated

As another beach season has come to an end, I would like to commend the Atlantic City Beach Patrol for the dedication and commitment to keeping the beach-goers safe. I watched too many rescues this year and continued to be amazed at how fast they can get out past the breaking waves to help those in need.

Thank God all the rescues I watched had a good outcome.

GAIL KARSLO Atlantic City

Seeing anti-Straub bias

Glenn Straub can't open (the former Revel) because of the casino license requirement, and he's trying to help out the city by bringing in jobs and money and they give him a hard time every chance they can.

The Atlantic Club is closed, obviously not being taken care of so a ceiling there recently collapsed. Luckily nobody was hurt.

Does a building have to fall on someone before an investigation is done looking into why state and city officials keep giving the people trying to help Atlantic City a hard time, while for others they look away? Someone is making money from this.

PATRICK M. MATTHEWS Galloway Township


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