Thursday, October 02, 2014

Scare quotes

The local paper had a story about the police looking for a witness to a crime.

The crime was in scare quotes. Of course, it wasn't a mugging or assault, it was 'rape'. If witnesses were being sought in any other crime, I do not believe there would be scare quotes around the word.

I don't see how anyone could argue otherwise, the default in the mainstream is to disbelieve or at least cast doubt on the victim straight away.