Manufacturing Panic & Paranoia By William Bowles

7 January 2004

What’s wrong with the Independent’s lead story on 6/1/04 that opened with the assertion?

“Air travel turmoil as terror threat grows”

Terror threat grows? Three loaded words for which there is not a shred of evidence that supports either the existence of terror or that there is a ‘threat’ or that it’s ‘growing’. Why this choice of words? For not only are they irresponsible as they have no basis in reality, they set the ‘tone’ for the entire front page article. The article then compounds its unsupported allegations when it says in the second paragraph:

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