Sometimes, I think we just fall into newspaperese without thinking about what we're writing:
MUNCIE -- A self-proclaimed white supremacist and Satan worshiper is now also a convicted felon.
Dmitriy V. Sklyarov, 20, of rural Muncie, has pleaded guilty to battery resulting in bodily injury, a Class D felony, filed after he was accused of biting a 9-year-old boy at least 13 times on the arms and legs last Oct. 8.
And the headline calls him a "self-described" Satanist. Another story calls him a "Satan worshiper and self-proclaimed white supremacist." What do those terms mean, really? That he calls himself a Satan worshiper or white supremacist, but we're not sure so we're withholding judgment until we see some credentials? Can you get a B.A. in Satan worship or a certificate of completion in the white supremacy correspondence course? Or are we just writing "self-proclaimed" in case he has a change of heart later and decides to sue? Hey, don't look at us, we were just following your lead.