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More on-air sloppiness

This morning I heard a newscaster on channel 7 refer to Netanyahu as the
Israeli "president."  The president of Israel is Ezer Weizman.  Netanyahu
is the prime minister.

Just one part of the dumbing-down of the news these days is that
journalists no longer know the difference between a president and a prime
minister.  Lately I've seen stories which refer to the Minister-President
of various German states as the "state governor."  And, as I mentioned
recently, they often incorrectly call a prime minister a "head of state."

Then again, back in the early 80's, when I was president of the Brookline
Tenant Union, the local press sometimes called me "chairman" or
"chairperson" and at least once "executive director."

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