Okay. Two things:
1) I am sick of people adding the suffix “-gate” to every catastrophe, disaster or scandal: most recently, Spygate (the Patriots spying on other teams or something like that; I detest football, so I’m not following the story) and Bittergate (Barack Obama’s comments on Pennsylvanians feeling bitter with George Bush).
And it becomes even more gauche in other situations. One that sticks out in particular is Lifestylegate, which happened a few years ago on American Idol when Mandisa prefaced her gospel song with a speech about how your lifestyle shouldn’t hold you back from God, thus alienating her LGBT fans, and she had more gay fans than any other Idol to begin with (she was the big black diva!), so that wasn’t a smart move, and she got eliminated shortly after, but I have a point, I swear! LIFESTYLEGATE? No. Just no.
It was called WATERGATE because that was the name of the building! Don’t attach -gate to every scandal!
I’m watching the news on Fox right now. Not Fox News — the local Boston affiliate (mostly because I just finished watching American Idol. Go Cookie! Also, the battery in the remote died a few days ago and I’m too lazy to get up and turn the TV off).
The anchor said a sentence along this line: “He admitted his homosexuality a few years ago.”
When I took my first journalism class at Fairfield University, I was taught that you need to be extremely careful with the word admit. This is because the word denotes guilt. Because of this, you rarely see the word in the news.
Above all, you must never use the word admit when someone says that he or she is gay. When you use that word, you imply that being gay is something about which one should be ashamed. Not only does it perpetuate homophobia, it also shows editorialism on the part of a journalist.
Well, it is Fox.
How can this happen?
Have any of you studied journalism? What is your opinion on this?