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2004-04-09

Objectivity: psychological vs linguistic vs metaphysical

Matt Yglesias has an interesting post this afternoon on what constitutes an objective media. The linguistic distinctions have to do with connotation as much as with denotation.

... There are some descriptions ("neo-Nazis," "separatists," "democratically elected representatives") that are fairly clearly wrong. The issue, however, of whether they are "rebels," "terrorists," "thugs," "insurgents," "freedom fighters" or whatever is not really a question of fact where the people who use a term that you would not use are wrong about something....


Similarly, the issue of whether or not the Iraq war is "part of the war on terror" is a question about what you think the war on terror ought to be at least as much -- if not more -- than it is a question about what the Iraq war ought to be.





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