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Saturday, April 02, 2005

MERE SEMANTICS 
href="http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-berg02.html">Ex-Clinton aide in theft case: 'Guilty, your honor'

Check out the selective use of language in this headline by the Chicago Sun Times: "Ex-Clinton aide in theft case: 'Guilty, your honor'". The article discusses "Ex" Clinton "aide" Sandy Berger, implying that Sandy Berger was some nobody in the Clinton administration that stole some papers from somewhere.

The "reporters" over at the Sun Times must have forgotten that Ex-Clinton "aide" Sandy Berger was the National Security Advisor during the last part of the Clinton Presidency--one of the most powerful people in the country, who would have acted as an architect of our terror policy from 1998 to January 2001, when Clinton left office. He was also a good friend of Bill Clinton's from several years back, when both worked on the Fullbright campaign together.

The language of this headline proves the point that selective language can shape the way people look at a story. What the Sun Times "reporters" are hoping for is to distance Bill Clinton from the scandal, and by implication distance Hillary as well. If the public schools are operating in the usual fashion, they should get away with it.
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