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The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 50: If the bullet wound is anywhere above the shoulders, the victim was shot “execution style.”

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March 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 49: An “expert” is anyone who has been quoted on a subject more than once.

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March 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm

The Reader’s Guide to Journalists (Cont’d)

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Rule No. 48: If one analyst or expert disagrees, it’s a controversy.

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March 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

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Rule No. 47: If an editor mentions it, then “everyone is talking about it” and you should consider it an assignment.

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March 25, 2014 at 1:21 pm

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Rule No. 46: There are only two kinds of gunfire: “sporadic” or “rapid-fire.”

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March 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

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Rule No. 45: Any gathering of more than two journalists at a presser or crime scene is a “media circus.”

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March 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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Rule No. 44: Firearms are never “held.” They are always “brandished.”

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March 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

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Rule No. 43: A “wooded area” is any place with a tree. If there are two trees, it’s a “densely wooded area.”

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March 18, 2014 at 11:07 am

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Rule No. 42: Any lobbying group with a phone number is “influential.” If it has a letterhead, it is “powerful.”

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March 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

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Rule No. 41: All immigrants are “animated” or “vibrant.” Especially women.

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March 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm