01 September 2007

That's just the kind of weather they get in those parts

An ABC headline

Rocket kills 10 Afghan civilians
Thereafter follows this story: “At least 10 civilians were killed when rockets fired by the Taliban at a US-led military base in eastern Afghanistan fell short and landed on their homes, officials said.? But look at the ABC’s initial headline, noted by alert reader Kaboom and helpfully preserved by Google (and by the ABC itself):
US rocket kills 10 Afghan civilians
Question for the ABC: why was the weapon’s source not identified in the corrected headline?

Because a westerner doesn’t do it, it’s just an accident or an act of nature, therefore there is no “source” to be identified.

P.S. Could you ask for a clearer evidence of Old Media bias?


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Shipping out

(2007-09-01) — Sen. John Warner, R-VA, today said the failure of politicians to make reforms and the lack of progress on “almost any benchmark you can name? have led him to conclude that the only way forward is to pull out of the U.S. Senate, therefore he will not seek reelection at the end of his current term.

The silver-maned lawmaker said his withdrawal from the Senate is designed to show politicians that his commitment is “not open-ended.?

“Without decisive action,? Mr. Warner said, “the Senate will continue to descend into a hopeless quagmire, with politicians paying lip service to substantive change while continuing the patterns of behavior that have brought us to this sad state of affairs. Ending my occupation of a Senate office effectively ends my implied consent of this fruitless process.?

At least he recognizes when a political situation is too dysfunctional to survive.


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Piling on

Two days ago, the New York Times editorial page ran a piece that included a clear error. In an editorial titled “Locked, Loaded, and Looney,” the Times editors wrote:
It is an eminently good thing that the anti-suicide measure would require medical specialists to keep track of veterans found to be high risks for suicide. But that’s to care for them as human beings, under that other constitutional right — to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

How can it be surprising that the New York Times editorial staff appears to lack even the most basic knowledge about the foundation of our government? It’s not like they haven’t advocated blatantly un-Constitutional policies for decades. But still, this one is so cut and dried that it deserves preservation, especially the lack of any acknowledgement of the error.

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Despite its numerous calls for Israel’s destruction, and repeated denials of the Holocaust, Iran has been selected by the United Nations for a leading position in a committee that will plan the 2009 UN World Conference against Racism.

I have to admit, though, that such a record would seem to make the Iranian mullahocracy a perfect fit for a UN Conference.

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