News media flesh-eating wackiness

In an article titled “CU’s Nobel Prize Winner Loses Arm To Flesh-Eating Bacteria”, reports:

The family requested that the news media refrain from calling necrotizing fasciitis a “flesh-eating disease.”

“This sensational expression unnecessarily personifies this disease – a bacterium has no mouth and causes an emotional response in people receiving the message. This is a time when our family could use less sensationalism and more composure. We would prefer that the news media refer to this disease as a rapidly-acting infection which kills tissue,” the family said.

That’s just cold, to use the phrase “flesh-eating bacteria” in the heading of your article, then report on how the family specifically requested that you refrain from doing so.

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