When making a surprise announcement, don’t say this…

By Laura Bergells on
no bombshells

You made a surprise announcement. You didn’t drop a bombshell.

I’m more than a little strung out when I hear those in the news media say something like, “Mr. Peacock dropped a major bombshell at Wince Country Club today. We’ll give you details after the break.”

Instantly, my mind goes to actual bombs. Wounded people. Deaths. Injuries.

Yes. That’s what dropping a bombshell on a golf course can literally do. And yes, the news anchor got my attention by using this phrase. But they tricked me. They used the figurative ‘bombshell’ term to basically hype a story about a longtime country club owner who announced that he would be selling his golf course.

That’s not a bombshell. That’s grim, ghoulish, and irresponsible journalism.

We’re a community. We’re a home to refugees from war torn countries. We are members of the armed services and aid volunteers, or friends and families with those who have served. We’ve been hurt by terrorists, or comforted those who have been harmed by terrorist attacks.

Continuing to use the figurative ‘bombshell’ phrase for non-violent situations shows a lack of sensitivity and empathy for a diverse audience.

You made a surprise announcement. You didn’t drop a bombshell.

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  1. I agree Laura. As a counseling therapist for 30+ years and a trauma recovery specialist, I believe a key reason we are seeing more extreme exaggerations in media reporting, music lyrics, and elsewhere, is due in part to the exponential flood of information coursing through our brain veins. To gain attention these days people are competing not just with a dozen national news items as before but with a plethora of personal, family, community, and international attention seekers vying for top dog position through the current social media mania. The ability to garner any attention – to be noteworthy at all – is fast fleeting. So, like an addiction, we resort to extremes in order to barely maintain the attention we once received. This addiction to excess is accepted as normal by some journalists, religious zealots, politicians, etc. In fact, excessive has become the ‘new normal’. But telling the truth with balance as in your article will eventually win the day. Why? Because at the core of humanity truthfulness spawns trust, and trust is a greater human trait than ‘attention’!

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