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Nov 25, 2005 1:03 pm


NYT DROPS TITLE JUSTIFYING SUICIDE BOMBING



I would like to hope that NYT editors saw the light. In any case, my blood pressure rose yet again when I read the title of Edward Wong's report on the latest suicide bombing in Iraq. It took place at the entrance of the main hospital in Baghdad. But the title read: "Suicide Bombing Near U.S. Convoy Kills 30 And Wounds Dozens at an Iraqi hospital." In other words the editor made it clear that the suicide bombing was perfectly justified act of"the Iraqi resistance" because it was supposedly directed at an American convoy and, hence, it was merely collateral damage.

This was hardly an aberration. Such titles are routine. Most readers fail to even notice them anymore especially as they have been carefully trained over the years to view the murderers of Israelis through a similar value-free prism. As far as the NYT goes, the goal of undermining the Bush administration trumps every other consideration.

But, then, I went to the website to find the appropriate link and, lo and behold, the title has been replaced with a more objective one: Suicide Bombing in Iraq Kills 30 and Wounds Dozens The impersonal language has been maintained. Not suicide bombers kill 30 etc. but suicide bombing kills 30.

It's time to force reporters to attend ethics classes taught by survivors of such"bombings."




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