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Paper manipulates with its word choices

In a free society those who control the use of language have a leg up on controlling how people think and how they view the important issues of the day. So even though fewer Americans are choosing to read a newspaper like The Journal Gazette, its editorial board knows that its position still carries the power of influence.

This is why when its paper reports on a group of Fort Wayne residents gathering to commemorate the deaths of children who were victims of abortion, it can choose to state it this way: “Anti-abortion rights activists will gather Sunday for the 21st annual Memorial for the Unborn.” With this simple turn of a phrase, it posits those who take what occurs in an abortion so seriously that they wish to actually remember them as victims, as mere “anti-abortion rights” people.

So if we follow that logic, if there were a movement afoot to legitimize other acts deemed immoral, say, slavery, would the newspaper refer to them as “anti-slavery rights activists?" I truly think not.

The Journal Gazette editorial board has every right to wield its power of influence and opinion and use language accordingly. And we, as its readers, have every right to let them know we’re totally aware of what they’re doing.

DAVE BERGERON Fort Wayne

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