Allegedly You're Using it Wrong
I know our society is very litigious and I feel bad for news reports and such that have to deal with the worry of slander, defamation, and libel lawsuits. I know when they are reporting an arrest that they have to say something like "The suspect allegedly killed the victim." That is a fine statement. Obviously, the person has not been convicted yet, so allegedly works great and keeps the news team out of trouble.
However, more and more, there are more "allegedlys" being thrown into news reports. The other night I heard something like "...when the victim was allegedly murdered." Wrong. The victim was definitely murdered, he didn't stab himself in the back three times. I laughed the first time I heard something like this because it just seemed like a dumb mistake. "Stupid news person, mixed their words and thoughts around." But it is happening about once a week now.
Is it due to fear of being proven wrong like in the Duke Lacrosse Rape Scandal thing from a few years ago...where the victim ended up being discredited? (Personally, I think there was probably some incident and I am not sure the lady deserved the mud dragging she received, but I am also not sure that the boys deserved to be accused of what they were either.) I know there has been a lot of liars in the news making false claims - Susan Smith, the Balloon Boy's parents, etc...but are all victims and crimes to be considered suspect because of this?
I don't like it. To me it seems like further victimizing the victim. Of course, there are some stories that just don't sound plausible in the first place and should be scrutinized and doubted - I am looking in your direction Jeremy London (I don't care if someone has been arrested or not, it still sounds fishy to me). However, I think most victims do not need to have an "allegedly" thrown in front of their crime. That guy really was murdered, nothing alleged about it.