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Deciphering media code words

When the press writes:                       It really means:

  1. Controversial                                   Did something bad we can’t prove
  2. Unidentified source                        Person qouted in previous                                                                                paragraph who asked not to be                                                                      named
  3. Scandal-plagued                             Guilty 
  4. Informed source                              Any person who reads the                                                                                newspaper for which the reporter                                                               works
  5. Feisty                                                  Short, female 
  6. Recently                                             We lost the press release 
  7. Knowledgeable observer               The reporter
  8. Self-styled                                        Phoney
  9. Guru                                                     See “Self-styled “
  10. Venerable                                           Should be dead but isn’t 
  11. Embattled                                          He should give up


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