How Cliche-Ridden Newspeak
Gave One Writer a Headache
'When I finally slept, I dreamed in headlines and bad newspeak: Predawn fires … shark-infested waters … steamy tropical jungles … the solid South … mean streets and densely wooded areas populated by ever-present lone gunmen, fiery Cuban, deranged Vietnam veteran, Panamanian strongman, fugitive financier, bearded dictator, slain civil rights leader, grieving widow, struggling quarterback, cocaine kingpin, drug lord, troubled youth, embattled mayor, totally destroyed by, Miami-based, bullet-riddled, high-speed chases, uncertain futures, deepening political crises sparked by massive blasts, brutal murders -- badly decomposed -- benign neglect and blunt trauma. I woke up, nursing a dull headache …'
-- Edna Buchanan, legendary police reporter for the Miami Herald, from her mystery novel Miami, It's Murder