Columns The BBC called Phil Spector, convicted of murder, a “talented but deficient” person and had to apologize – What about a dead person?

The journalist’s instructions for truthfulness will hardly be met if a violent narcissist is baked with a big-hearted poetic soul, writes HS cultural journalist Jussi Lehmusvesi.

Jussi Lehmusvesi­

Producer legend Phil Spectorin death has sparked a debate that takes place at regular intervals on social media and in the morning meetings of the editorial staff.

At the heart of the discussion is the question of what kind of word choices about a deceased person should be used.

As for Spector, the debate raged in Britain this week after the BBC headline the news: “Talented but flawed producer Phil Spector dies aged 81.”

That is: “The talented but deficient Phil Spector died at the age of 81.”

FlawedThe word does not translate quite easily into Finnish, but it could even be translated as incomplete, incomplete and incomplete.

Title caused a storm on social and traditional media.

“Wanting? Are you kidding? ”The Guardian wrote Arwa Mahdawi in his column and reported that Spector was, above all, a murderer.

So did many others who commented on the subject.

Yet the debate in Britain was exceptional. Most often, death news and memoirs are injured because they are considered to have injured the deceased.

Right Of course, Mahdawi and the other commentators were. Spector was a murderer, and died of a coronavirus disease at Stockton Prison Hospital.

He had ended up in prison after receiving a verdict from an actor Lana Clarksonin murder. The verdict was the end of a long gloomy phase in the life of the producer.

In the 1960s, Spector had kept his singing wife Veronica Bennett (also known as Ronnie Spectorina) practically held hostage in their home.

After Spector’s death, Bennett wrote:

“Unfortunately, Phil had a hard time living and working outside the recording studio. The darkness began, the lives of many were ruined. ”

Spector himself described himself in a interview a few weeks before Clarkson’s death as “relatively insane” and reported “devils are fighting inside”.

Using controversial terms, the producer, who revamped pop music with his undeniable talent, was a genius and crazy in the same package.

BBC reacts quickly to a storm. The title was changed and the company later apologized for the title.

According to the company, the title did not meet the requirements attached to text editing and was changed within minutes. The auto-leaving tweet with the title was also deleted.

The new title was in Finnish: “A pop producer convicted of murder died at the age of 81.”

Also In Finland, the topic comes up from time to time. In social media, word choices have been scrambled several times, and of course, editorials also have to consider what kind of word choices about the deceased are used.

Compared to the British, one is cautious here.

I don’t remember coming across questions about the level of Spector’s actions, but I remember some details of the discussion, at least Tony Halmeen and Jörn Donnerin under.

The humble behavior of a deceased cultural figure while drunk has also spawned a debate.

Those who demand a more vigorous approach have their arguments: The requirement of truthfulness in journalists ’instructions is hardly met if a violent narcissist is baked with a big-hearted poetic soul. (This is a fictional example.)

In general, the final conclusion of the discussion has still been that criticism of human behavior should be dealt with already while one is alive. Thus, the results published online and in the magazine have also been moderate.

A lot however, the more relaxed years of journalism have also changed. At one time, the principle of more or less the public death (accident or crime) of a private person was made in the editions, while an obituary was written about the death of a public person.

This has not been thought of in the past. In the digital age, news from death has become a competitive field, and every media is trying to strengthen and publish the news of a person’s death faster than their competitors.

Sometimes the rush may then produce reverberating word choices, as may have happened in the BBC’s Spector news.

I am just got this column written when it comes to information: Pirkko Liinamaa is dead.

Finding positive adjectives is not a problem.


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