The Meaningless Lingo Of Journalism

Michael Moynihan begs journalists to stop abusing words like “exclusive,” “breaking,” and “nonpartisan”:

I have an app on my iPhone called “Breaking News” that pings and bings at all hours, passing on monumentally pointless stories that require my immediate attention. Currently resting atop the pile of broken news, is the following story: “Officials unload elephants onto Interstate 70 following crash in Indiana after semi hauling the animals slid off road.” Ignore the clumsy headline and acknowledge that while this might be an important news story for both Indiana drivers and pachyderm enthusiasts, how it merits a “breaking” tag—which once hinted at an unfolding story of relative importance—could best explained by the company’s marketing team.