Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Definite Indefinite Article! No Surprises

 

We have become used to reading headlines which distort the message  of an article.   The Telegraph reaches new levels.

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This headline brooks no doubt!  This is really worrying!  How could we vote for this?

Except the article is not definite.  Jeremy Warner starts by asking,

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He continues,

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This is the end of the positive message. 

Then comes,

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The article then develops the issues raised in the cutting above.  I’m not going to rebut Warner’s claims about this ‘equally plausible scenario’ nor even am I tackling his use of ‘equally plausible’.

Warner gives two scenarios: a positive (1st paragraph) and a negative (the remaining 16 paragraphs) but despite the massive imbalance he is, at least, open to the possibility of a positive outcome.

The headline though!

LIES!

LIES!

LIES!

LIES!

 

The free press?

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