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  •  If they're afraid of being sued ... (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Naniboujou, WakeUpNeo

    ... can newspapers at least say someone was shot "unintentionally" rather than "accidentally"?

    As is the case every week, most of these are so clearly negligent discharges. But the media in question persist in using the police's understandably careful "accidentally" when the facts reported make it hard to say that with a straight face.

    #1 is a case in point. The lede is:

    Police say a 28-year-old woman remains in critical condition after her boyfriend accidentally shot her while under the influence of drugs and alcohol in Bridgeton.
    After eight beers and a Vicodin (how did they get the eight beers? Was that his claim after being arrested? If so, follow the usual rule and multiply by four to make it "eight beers after which he lost count, as just about any human being probably would, or stopped keeping track"), you've forfeited any opportunity to say the gun just, you know, went off, while you were "playing" (appropriate use of scare quotes there) with it.

    The article more accurately concludes:

    Police say Miller admitted to pointing the weapon toward his girlfriend and recklessly shooting her.
    Yup. Say it in the lede, then.

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