Monday, April 14, 2003

The War in Quotes

This article in the Weekly Standard takes an amusing look at the misuse of "scare quotes" (or, as some might say, "sneer quotes") by journalists wishing to cast doubt on the views of their subjects, without actually coming out and saying "I don't believe what's been said!" As might be expected, the two most egregious examples of this practice come journalists working for the two looniest of the left -wing British broadsheets, Robert Fisk of the Independent, and Mary Riddell of the Guardian.