Thursday, September 15, 2016

Commentary: A mistreated calendar date and some unnecessary reminders

  • The news presenter on the local news program that appeared on the main broadcast channel for WPMI-TV between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. this Thursday (Andrea Ramey on "Local 15 Today") had used the term "nine-eleven" in reference to when a mosque in the city of Fort Pierce in the state of Florida was reportedly set ablaze illegally earlier this September (last Sunday on the eleventh day of this September to be precise) while presenting a report about police arresting and charging a person for having done so. I wish she had not used that term in reference to that day; I understood that its date in numeral form may be pronounced "nine-eleven" if it were formed with  a symbol between the numbers "9" and "11" (like "9/11" and "9-11"), but to me it sounded ridiculous, unhelpful, vague, and reminiscent of its common use as a synonym for a series of events that involved the attacks at the World Trade Center in the city of New York in the state of New York and the Pentagon in the city of Arlington in the state of Virginia that occurred on the same date back in the year 2001. This is a good example of why I never liked the idea of referring to the events only by that date or by the term "nine-eleven" itself. That date should be treated like a normal date, just like every other calendar date.
  • I wish news broadcasters would not use their news programs to reminisce about certain news events from past years every year around their anniversaries or during their anniversaries such as the arrivals of certain tropical cyclones in parts of their local broadcast areas or the series of events I had mentioned in the previous paragraph of this commentary, unless they were needed to support reports about recent events. Personally I saw no reason to reminisce about those events in recent times. They do not need to keep reminding their audiences about those events every year. They may remind their own selves about the events if they wish, they just don't need to do so in public.
(note: typing the previous paragraphs reminded me of a commentary I had posted here about one year ago about how some broadcasters had treated the eleventh day of September since the series of events I had referenced in those paragraphs  You may be interested in accessing that commentary since it's still very relevant.)

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