Concerns, from Hmmm… to mad as hell.

If reporters today were covering Howard Beale’s “mad-as-hell” speech in the 1976 film “Network,” they would probably report that he “raised concerns” about TV news. Illustration of the use of “concern” — ranging from meaning slightly bothered to wildly furious — are seen in two stories on page B2 in the Jan. 27, 2017, edition of The Boston Globe. A story about charges of kickbacks to a clergy watchdog group, a fundraiser was identified as “terminated after she raised concerns about money…from lawyers…” And a story about shots fired outside a school when Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was visiting “… sparked fear among….students. And raised safety concerns….” For those who have not seen “Network, here’s the classic line by Peter Finch, playing the “mad prophet of the airwaves,” a role for which he won an Oscar: “So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ “

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