Fuck that Shit! CNN and Misrepresentational Journalism

I hate journalists sometimes.

For example, something that caught my eye: “Gosh Darn! Cussing Banned in California Town”

The headline purports that some sort of legal act was passed to assign punishment to swearing. That is the generally accepted definition of the word “ban” when it comes to governments. I read the article because I was curious how they were going to get around the first amendment.

No worries:

…Mayor Michael Cacciotti said of his city’s proclamation designating the first week of March as No Cussing Week.

A proclamation equals a non-binding resolution. No mention of “ban” in there. Implying that there is one is irresponsible journalism, in my opinion.

The story is interesting, other than the headline. I recommend reading it. I’m all for people voluntarily pushing for civility in their neighborhoods, as long as they don’t impinge on the first amendment. In certain circumstances, blue language is useful and appropriate. In others, it’s not. Knowing the difference depends on what you’re doing and where you live.

And saying f**k is such a cop-out. Don’t do it. I’ve mentioned that before.

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