Katrina Vandenheuvel writes, in a piece entitled Don’t we need a new political language? about the habit politicians have of likening their opponents to nasty dictators of the past.
But journalists are at least as much guilty of this kind of hyperbole, a recent example being the reports on the feath and funeral of Slobodan Milosevic, where he was described as “butcher of the Balkans”, “mass murderer”, and was said to have “orchestrated” the wars of the Yugoslav succession, and killed 250000 people.
Where do they get this stuff?
Is this sort of exaggeration particularly common in the USA, or does it happen in other places as well? IT’s hard to tell, sometimes, because so much of waht we read here in South Africa is syndicated from US columnists and wire services. But the falsehoods seem to be getting bigger and more obvious.