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  •  Should anyone be offended (4+ / 0-)

    by being classified as "specialty" media.

    I presume the main criteria being most of those communities have a specialized lingo and language and norms it's good for a spokes person to know. Things the ordinary person might not know.

    Faith is one of the more specialized communities that would require a lot of education not to make an unintended gaffe. I recently informed an adult friend of mine that yes, Catholics are part of the umbrella we call Christianity. This was news to this person.

    Not knowing that could get a official spokesperson in big trouble.

    And most of us are not taught much about faiths other than the one we're raised in.

    "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

    by Scott Wooledge on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 06:06:38 PM PST

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    •  Sheesh. (1+ / 0-)
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      I recently informed an adult friend of mine that yes, Catholics are part of the umbrella we call Christianity. This was news to this person.

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      by Calamity Jean on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:31:05 PM PST

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    •  Should anyone be offended? (0+ / 0-)

      Actually, some groups are offended.  Some outsiders are offended or use such terminology to take offense or to insult.  When I was studying Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling and then Social Work, there was movement within academia to stop referring to "Special Populations" and call them "Specific Populations" instead.  Personally I would recommend the name change, but that's an Administration issue at the end of the day.  They can do want they want.

      •  Well, as a member of the "specialty media" (0+ / 0-)

        it doesn't bother me that the White House refers to me as "specialty" constituency in the least.

        Guess I look at it as glass half full. I've seen many admins who couldn't be bothered to engage my "special" audience at all. Semantics seem a dumb thing to pick on compared with fact I have an actual email to the White House who will literally respond to inquiries.

        "The marriage fight is over when we say it's over, and it's over when we win."—Dan Savage

        by Scott Wooledge on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:20:43 PM PST

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