War on Terror, War of Words

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That our nation is becoming increasingly polarized over social, legal and civic debates is a popular story, and one well mined by the same media outlets who often drive partisan animosity. That polarization has manifested itself, for example, at town hall debates where members of the public declare mandated health care to be "fascist."

It's bad enough when disingenuous attacks muddy public debate at civic meetings, but what happens when our leaders themselves use language that misses the mark? We talk with Julie Rose, reporter for WFAE in Charlotte, N.C., about Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC), who, in her personal quest to assist the War on Terror, may have gotten herself in a war of words.