Imagine! Turns out the rumors of criminal activity were mostly that – rumors. So says todays New York Times. I wonder how many of those rumors they helped to perpetuate by reporting them? Of course – they reported what they heard, and probably did qualify most of these ‘reports’ as stories, fears, concerns….what an interesting media analysis this would be! How were those rumors categorized and couched? And then there’s Bush, trying to shift attention from his lack of care to “criminals who had no mercy.” I heard a language-based critique of his speech on VPR Tuesday morning, the link is posted with the speeches for written analysis for the Public Speaking class.