So It Matters (First Clarification Example)

Now I don’t pretend to be a journalist, but for me, a news report I’d be comfortable with might go something like the following:

Father Bartholomew, honored by forty seven countries worldwide for his work on behalf of the starving and homeless, spoke in Washington today as part of his lecture tour urging the Federal government to re-evaluate its policies regarding paying farmers to not grow food, food, the Father claims, that is desperately needed in other parts of the world, as well as at home.

Now the slant of the report could rightfully be described as positive, but factual (assuming for the sake of example that all the claimed facts are true and that Father Bartholomew does indeed carry that title, has been honored by 47 countries, etc.).   It even takes pains to point out that it is Bartholomew making the claim that the food not being grown is desperately needed, though many people might argue that world hunger is indeed a fact and, as such, the statement doesn’t require such clarification.

Either way though . . . it sticks to the facts.

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