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Philip Seib

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Terrorists Are Getting Savvier—Why Is Our News So Dumb?

There’s a better way to speak about terrorism

Breathless reporting accompanies each attack, with little time spent addressing the underlying causes.

News coverage of the London and Manchester terrorist attacks was sadly familiar: cellphone videos of screaming victims; details of first responders’ hectic efforts; “Was it terrorism?” guesswork; speculation about the perpetrator. In the case of Manchester, the horror was amplified by the fact that so many who had been wounded and killed were young people.

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