Wednesday, November 09, 2005

So, is the guy dead or what?

Breaking news banner on the FoxNews site: " Police Say Homicide Bombers Carried Out Jordan Attacks". (link is to associated story)

The police really said that? Somehow, the phrasing struck me as... odd. And unlikely.

The FoxNews story referenced reports by the Associated Press, so I grabbed the AP story from BreitBart:
"There were three terrorist attacks on the Grand Hyatt, Radisson SAS and Days Inn hotels and it is believed that the blasts were suicide bombings," police spokesman Maj. Bashir al-Da'aja told The Associated Press.

I read it carefully again and did not see the word "homicide" once. "Suicide", yes, but that would be a very different matter. So, the police apparently did not say this was a "homicide bombing" after all.

FoxNews has instituted its own form of political correctness that has been driving me nuts for a couple of years now. They seem to think the expression "suicide bombing" somehow glorifies a terrorist act, so they emphasize its murderous aspect by calling it a "homicide bombing".

Well, the problem is, when someone sets a bomb and then runs away to bomb again--- as happened a couple of years ago at a university in Israel-- that would be accurately described as a homicide bombing right? So, how do you differentiate the two very different acts? If a suicide bombing is a homicide bombing, then what is a homicide bombing?

Message to Roger Ailes: report the news, don't editorialize it. The New York Times prints opinion as fact, and we hate them for it. You are better than that.


Blogger Abe said...

That also grates on my ears (or eyes). The "homicide bomber" term makes no sense, and it's just stupid.

7:06 PM  
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3:34 AM  

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