Wow, That’s Really Old!!!

January 25th, 2010
...sloppy journalism
...sloppy journalism

I mean, “Wow, that’s really cheesy reporting!!!”

Joe Biden’s mom died a few weeks ago, and her passing was news. All the network TV anchors and local newscasters covered the story like this: “Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Jean Biden, passed away today. Ms. Biden was NINETY-TWO!! years old.

Subtle ageism.

Like, WOW, she was really old. Compared to what? Dying at 72? Or 82? And what exactly is the point of putting SO MUCH EMPHASIS on the age?

Notice this next time you watch a newscaster mention someone really old.

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