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Heard on the Television – Part 1

8 Dec , 2010,
Willman
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Bad TV writing is not just an invention of the American media. This quote was seen on a television news program’s crawl after the eruption of Mt. Merapi in October:

 

“The death toll has climbed – another person has died.”

 

While any death from a disaster such as this is tragic, the issue is scale. One additional death rarely means the toll has “climbed.” Unless, of course, your aim is to sensationalize the news.

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