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No, record-breaking means it broke a record. If it was used almost exclusively for positive things, you might have a point, but it is routinely used for negative things as well. For example, "storm" is the third most related topic based on Google trends.[1]

1: https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?q=record-breaking&g...

There's no universal law that declares it has to be reported as such

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