You read that right. You can either read or listen to Radio Free Montone. To kick things off, he tees off on the click-bait and in other cases simply careless use of superfluous or inaccurate adjectives. Stuff like this week’s “startling” Tom Hanks health news and many outlets’ de facto description of a rape:
How about the word “brutal” used to describe a rape. Is that word really necessary? Can a woman be tenderly raped?
Montone says he has sworn not to use the word “shocking,” a pledge he has made only one exception for. Good stuff.
P.S. We did a quick search of FishbowlNY and to our relief, it appears that this blog’s current co-editors have avoided the descriptive mention of a “brutal rape.”