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Chapter 6:

"It is six years since the morning Nathan Giles Jr. accosted the car that Bonnie Anne Bush was driving to her Mount Sinai Hospital nursing post, forced her out with a gun, dragged her screaming into an abandoned West Side building, shot her and set her body afire" (Scanlan 141).

After reading the initial paragraph to the article A Woman Burned While Police Had Their Danish, I was shocked at the amount of description that Newsday provided. Chapter six is entitled "Opinion and Persuasion," but I didn't think it would go this far. You may be thinking that I am against this amount of information in the very beginning of the story, but I am not. I think that it is great that there is this much information at the start. This tells the readers exactly what went on and what the story will cover. It does not contain fluff or unnecessary words. The voice of the writer can be found early enough that a reader does not have to question who is writing.

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Chapter 8:

"Vincent Fiori was on the 71st floor of the first tower that was hit" (Scanlan 219).

I think that this chapter is extremely important to news writers because of how touching the subject area is. The quote that I chose is all that is necessary to depict from the article because of how much emotion it has in it. It is the news agencies and the news writers that make the story. Just because a very extreme event occurs, does not mean that everyone in the world saw it. This is why we have newspapers, television, and the internet. People have to watch or read something in order to find out what is happening in the world each and every day.

So, should newspapers publish articles about terrorist events? Does this give the terrorists credit or does it honor the victims of the crime?

Click here for the course web page devoted to Cappon Ch. 6, 8.

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Derek, I enjoy how much information that readers are given in this story too. I hate it when newspapers are too "fluffy" I would much rather just be told the honest truth, regardless of how gory it is.

I have gone back and forth on your questions regarding the publishing of terrorist events. It is true that terrorists want the fame and glory that accompany committing a terrorist act. They want people to be afraid of them, and by publishing the details of a terrorist attack, this is exactly what is happening. After 9/11 people were afraid to fly. Terrorists want America to be afraid of them, and they accomplished this through the news on 9/11.

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