Dear Media: Stop Using The Term “Lone Wolf”!!!!!!

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Stop Demonizing My Brothers and Sisters

Update: October 23, 2014

Fox is airing a special tonight called “The Lone Wolves Of Terror”, so I rest my case.  Hundreds of years after the first Europeans set foot on this continent, we’re still demonizing wolves through words and deeds. I know wolves have greater problems right now but it’s all cumulative.

Big, Bad Wolf

Wolf at the door

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Cry Wolf

Keep Wolves at Bay

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Lone Wolf

Wolf Down Your Food

Keep the Wolf From the Door

Thrown to the Wolves

Can anyone think of anymore, I’m sure I’m missing plenty?

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October 22, 2014

Wolves have enough problems fighting a distorted public image, without the media demonizing them on a daily basis. I’m referring to the constant use of two words – LONE WOLF! The MSM is tripping over themselves to repeat it as many times as possible. It’s driving me nuts. I think I heard it on the news tonight at least ten times. With the rise of ISIS and terrorism in general, news anchors and talking heads can’t seem to stop using this derogatory term.. It even has its own Wiki entry:

Lone wolf (terrorism) From WIKI: A lone wolf or lone-wolf fighter is someone who commits or prepares for, or is suspected of committing or preparing for, violent acts in support of some group, movement, or ideology, but who does so alone, outside of any command structure and without material assistance from any group.

A plea to the media. Please obtain a thesaurus app and find something else to call dangerous, horrible people. This may  seem petty to some but anyone who works in wolf advocacy knows that perception is everything. Wolves are suffering all around the world. They’re being hunted in Canada, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin and soon Minnesota. They’re aerial gunned by Wildlife Services, poached, tortured, poisoned, gut shot, trapped, snared  and chased by hunting dogs. They’re still even demonized in film, ie: The Grey, A real LONE WOLF is nothing to be afraid of, it’s just a wolf who’s dispersed from its natal pack or been driven off by their pack and on their own. They’re not doing anything wrong, in fact a lone wolf’s life can be very hard,  without the safety of pack numbers. So please Talking Heads stop saying Lone Wolf over and over and over again when referring to bad actors.

 OR7 was a lone wolf for years, did he bother anyone? NO!

That’s my rant for today! 🙂

For the wolves, For lone wolves,

Nabeki

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Tags: Lone wolf, lone wolf term overused, media needs a thesaurus

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