Government Complained To Media For Using Term “Raid” To Describe FBI Raid

( )- After the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, the media was quick to report that the FBI conducted a “raid” on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

But by Tuesday, the American corporate media had shifted gears and the word “raid” was dropped like a hot rock.

Take MSNBC for instance.

On Monday night when the news first broke, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell were among the MSNBC talking heads who were describing the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago as a “raid.”

But Monday night, former FBI agent and longtime MSNBC contributor Frank Figliuzzi objected to the use of the word when anchor Alicia Menendez asked him how the FBI could “pull off this raid.”

Figliuzzi quickly explained that FBI agents don’t like the word “raid” because it sounds like an “extrajudicial, non-legal thing.” Instead, Figliuzzi said it should be described as an execution of a court-authorized search warrant.

And all of MSNBC’s talking heads quickly fell in line.

On Tuesday, host Stephanie Ruhl corrected one of her colleagues for describing the raid as a “raid,” explaining that law enforcement doesn’t use the term “raid” to describe a raid. Echoing Figliuzzi’s talking points, Ruhl said the DOJ “got a court-authorized search warrant” to lawfully enter Trump’s home.

The sanctimonious Ruhl explained that “words matter” and said describing Monday’s raid as a “raid” “suggests some sort of degree of aggression and lawlessness.”

Likewise, on Wednesday, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski lectured her husband Joe Scarborough for daring to refer to Monday’s raid as a “raid.” Scarborough quickly corrected himself, describing it as a “legal, judicially-sanctioned search.”

But this shift in the narrative didn’t just happen on MSNBC.

Many of the larger newspaper outlets were also using the word “raid” in initial reporting on Monday’s raid, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, Reuters, CNBC, and Politico.

But by Tuesday, the talking points went out and members of the corporate media began singing from the same hymnal. Suddenly the word “raid” all but disappeared from reporting.