Loaded Language: Durbin on ‘War on Science’

Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) responds to the Republicans’ use of the term ‘war on coal’ with his own loaded term, “war on science.”






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Loaded Language: House Republicans on ‘War on Coal’

When Republican lawmakers in the House refer to a “war on coal,” they are employing hyperbolic language.











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Loaded Language: Amnesty

In the debate over immigration policy, amnesty is an emotionally charged term that is used to influence the audience’s perception of a course of action.











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Loaded Language: Ryan ‘Raid’ on Medicare

When Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) uses the word “raid” to describe the reduction of future spending for Medicare under the Affordable Care Act, he is using loaded language to imply the action is questionable.











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Loaded Language: Boehner ‘Steal’

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) uses loaded language when he discusses tax increases.











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Loaded Language: Obama ‘Gut’ spending

By tying the word “gut” to hypothetical Republican positions on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, President Obama uses loaded language to insinuate that the Republicans support plans they have not advanced.











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Loaded Language: ‘Death tax’

When opponents refer to the tax imposed on the estates of high income earners as the “death tax,” they use emotionally charged language that carries a negative connotation.











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