City Desk

Washington Times Scare Quote Watch

On Page 1 of today's Times, “amnesty” once again gets quoted up, after a couple of instances last week where the copy desk let the word get away quote-free. But only in the headline: “amnesty” gets to relax in the body text, plus in a cutline and a graphics box.

Meanwhile, in Metropolitan, behold the latest Times scare-quote fodder: D.C. “statehood.”

The hed on Amy Doolittle's story today about congressional opposition to the District's statehood-education spending gets the treatment; her story yesterday on A1 disclosing the spending left “statehood” alone. A Nexis search of articles from the past year turns up no previous instances of “ ‘statehood.’” Or, for that matter, “D.C. ‘voting rights.’”

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  • Kriston

    The most prominent example of pinky trigger-happiness at the Times occurs in reference to gay marriage (gay "marriage"). Agreed that it reflects poorly on the "editors" at the paper.

  • Anonymous

    America's little secrets:The only legalized child abuse left

    Why is the media being so silent when it is so widespread in every state? If there is nothing to hide than why not talk about it?

    What would you do?

    Sugar and spice and everything nice.

    This is suppose to every little girls life.

    What happens when life is not like that?

    What if your life is filled with constant abuse by the people who suppose to protect you?

    For little Katelynn of Indiana, her life is filled with this from a father, stepmother and father's family; everyone but her the relatives that love her have been deined the ability to see her.

    What happens when the police will not stop this?

    Than try Child Protection Service, but they will not stop this either.

    The next thing to do is go to the court.

    What would you do if the Child Protection Services and the court helped the abusers hurt her?

    The media might work but they ignore majority of average people.

    In this search for help, several politicians ignored or said stop bothering them.

    If these people will not help little katelynn than who will?

    Will this little girl have to pay the ultimate price for these adults mistakes?

    What would you do?
    Indiana's Shame Teardrops for Katelynn

    referral sources:

    Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation :: Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories Aired on PBS

    Breaking the Silence

    Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A NATIONAL CRISIS

    Petition for Justice for Katelynn: