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In The Media: Torture By Any Other Name07:52

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We hear it called "brutal questioning," "enhanced interrogation," sometimes even "torture," and when the Senate Intelligence Committee released the findings of its report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques, the longstanding debate on what to call the practice reignited.

The New York Times' executive editor Dean Baquet reversed that newspaper’s earlier decision to stay away from the word "torture." NPR’s media correspondent David Folkenflik speaks with Here & Now's Robin Young about how language choice in the media can frame the way we think about a subject.


This segment aired on December 17, 2014.

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