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Scandals Sanitized with Linguistic Trickery

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

If the IG report on the Clinton email scandal is any guide to these upcoming investigations, expect widespread abuse of the English language to warp reality. The media is using the antiseptic “informant” in place of the cruder but more accurate “spy” or “mole.” The off-putting but accurate “wiretapping” has become the more professional “surveillance.” The sanitized “improper” always sounds cleaner than the more accurate “illegal.” In sum, “2016” could make a logical sequel to “1984.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/06/orwellian-euphemisms-sanitized-obama-administration-scandals/