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Riot? Insurrection? Words matter in describing Capitol siege

Added 01-14-21 05:22:03pm EST - “At first, viewed from a distance, it was a rally or protest. Then it became an assault, a riot, an insurrection, domestic terrorism or even a coup attempt. The language used by the American media to describe last week's Capitol siege…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Riot? Insurrection? Words matter in describing Capitol siege”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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NEW YORK (AP) - At first, viewed from a distance, it was a rally or protest. Then it became an assault, a riot, an insurrection, domestic terrorism or even a coup attempt. The language used by the American media to describe last week’s Capitol siege proves one thing whatever your perspective: Words matter.

The coverage has sent Americans scurrying to the dictionary and news organizations carefully considering terminology.

The use of “riot” as a descriptor is almost universally accepted, even though the word has become fraught with racial connotations and despite the relatively gradual way the story unfolded.

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