Fox News’s Poor Choice of Words

Fox News headline reads “Sex scandal boomerang: is the left ready for a Bill Clinton reckoning?”

Maybe it is time to talk about the allegations against Bill. But that’s not what bothers me about that headline. It’s their choice of words—“sex scandal.”

The firestorm unleashed by the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo movement is not about sex scandals. This is about rampant sexual assault. Calling them “sex scandals” is just another way of making this problem seem far less horrific than it is.

Perhaps Fox’s poor diction is unintentional. But could it be that they’re trying to soften the blow of these revelations since sexual harassment is such a big part of their corporate culture?


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