Linguistic Gymnastics

God forbid they call this “fetus” what it really is – a child. If an 8-month fetus survives a C-section, it’s called a baby. If it survives being removed by psychos, it’s still a fetus. If a child dies after birth, it’s called a dead baby. If it dies after a murder and amateur surgery, would it be called a dead fetus? How can Conner Peterson be called a murdered unborn child, but Jane Doe Stinnett was a fetus until found alive? Either it’s a baby or it isn’t. Make up your freakin’ minds!

Comments 2

  1. Mandy wrote:

    I think everyone has been asking that exact question on almost every blog I have read this morning. Unfortunately I have NO answer to that one. It makes me sick to think that baby was called a fetus, even after the Amber Alert was issued. If they felt the child was worthy of being called a kidnapping victim for the purpose of issuing the alert, the baby should have been called what she is. A baby.

    Posted 19 Dec 2004 at 5:58 pm
  2. h2 wrote:

    It defies explanation — normally even the general media will acknowledge that once a baby is removed from the womb and breathing on its own it’s a “baby.”
    There must be something in the journalistic style manual that dictates this sort of thing, right? -maybe I have too many expectations of the media…

    Posted 20 Dec 2004 at 3:52 am

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