Widely viewed, widely seen

Journalese of the Day: Widely viewed, widely seen

Using widely twice in one sentence is a wild journalese achievement that only the widely opinionated New York Times could publish, as illustrated in a news story Dec. 5, 2016, about the Austrian presidential election. Here it is: “The election was widely viewed as a test of the anti-migrant and particularly anti-Muslim forces that have ridden a populist path to power in Hungary and Poland and have gained strength in France and even Germany, widely seen as the only major Western country so far resisting the trend away from liberal democracy.” File under: All the generalizations in the guise of news.

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