“Squabbling” and “Bickering”

· long story short

I would suggest that the press should just swear off of the use of “Squabbling” and “Bickering,” especially in headlines. For a while, I thought they were routinely applied only to political differences among foreigners, especially third-world foreigners. But I see they also appear fairly often applied to political differences–even convictions–that arise within the US.
One function of these terms is to justify, even laud, the ignorance of both the writer and the reader about the content and implications of something that, perforce, has to be reported. In every case I can think of, they tell us much about the viewpoint of the writer, and very little about the things described.