Thursday, April 21, 2005

The Politics of Vocab

More on obivous media bias. BOTW has recently been pointing out cases of the media bending over backwards in order to avoid refering to unborn children as such, replacing baby, child, etc with fetus. While that is the proper medical term, it's not necessarily the most neutral one:
As we've chronicled extensively, news organizations bend over backward to use the term fetus, often with ridiculous results. Isn't the more "political" term the one that differs from common usage? Has a pregnant woman ever said, "The fetus is kicking"? For that matter, has a woman choosing an abortion ever said, "I don't want the fetus"? Any reporter who uses the term fetus where an ordinary person would say child or baby might as well stick a pro-choice bumper sticker right underneath his byline.


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