Is it time we…

a commonly asked and ‘semi-rhetorical’ question often used by journalists that indicate they are about to suggest something wildly inconvenient, highly taboo, uniquely smutty, annoyingly pedantic, or otherwise degenerate, to their audience. While the author has no actual interest in hearing how people would respond to the question, framing the headline like this will allow them to plausibly deny the responsibility of actually having that particular viewpoint.

Ex. “I just posted my latest article to The Atlantic: ‘Is It Time We Decriminalize Prostitution at the Federal Level?’ Check it out and let me know what you think!?”

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