Pull Quotes Podcast

Pull Quotes PodcastBy Laura Howells, Jacob McNair and Emily Pardo

When should journalists use the word “terrorism?”

Why refer to the attack in Edmonton as terrorism, and not the mass shooting in Las Vegas?

Does it matter that neither the Edmonton attacker nor the Quebec City mosque shooter from January have actually been charged with terrorism?

In this episode, we explore what the word “terrorism” means, its racial implications, and whether journalists should use the term at all.

This week’s guests include:

Reference links:

Distinctions of terrorism matter: Analysis

Michelle Shephard, Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/02/analysis-distinctions-of-terrorism-matter.html

https://www.cjr.org/special_report/journalism_cover_terrorism.php

The motive doesn’t matter: Mass shootings are always terror

Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-motive-doesnt-matter-mass-shootings-are-always-terror/article36463398/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

Why we should resist calling the Las Vegas shooting terrorism

Masha Gessen, The New Yorker:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/why-we-should-resist-calling-the-las-vegas-shooting-terrorism

Mass murder or terrorism? Who decides what to call it?:

Diana Swain, CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mass-murder-vs-terrorism-1.4344766

Quebec City and Edmonton attacks: Why it’s difficult to lay terrorism charges in Canada
Sean Fine, Globe and Mail: https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/quebec-city-and-edmonton-attacks-why-its-difficult-to-lay-terrorism-charges-in-canada/article36479538/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

‘Lone wolf’: Our stunning double standard when it comes to race and religion

Khaled Beydoun, Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/10/02/lone-wolf-our-stunning-double-standard-when-it-comes-to-race-and-religion/?utm_term=.9dfaac47787c

Grieve for Las Vegas, Edmonton, but sidestep the trolls

Shree Paradkar, Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/10/02/grieve-for-las-vegas-edmonton-but-sidestep-the-trolls-paradkar.html

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