To gush or not to gush

Published October 10, 2013 by A.J.B. Johnston

Whatever happened to understatement?

I don’t know, but it’s nowhere in sight these days. Radio interviewers, with CBC headliners leading the way, just gush and gush. There is no superlative they do not bring out when they interview musicians, writers and anyone from the arts. Politicians, on the other hand, are treated like liars and cheats. (Well, some of them are, of course.) But I personally think things have gone too far. It’s the journalistic equivalent of the Standing O when none is deserved.

Here’s hoping journalists start to rein themselves in a bit. Not everyone they interview is Shakespeare or Ray Charles.

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