Thursday, March 24, 2011

Reuters hits rock bottom

thanks to Jami Shapiro for sharing this with me. the reluctance of some media outlets to use the word "terrorism" in relation to attacks on Israeli civilians has now hit a new low...

Dear Reuters, You Must Be Kidding

By Jeffrey Goldberg

This is from a Reuters story on the Jerusalem bombing earlier today:

Police said it was a "terrorist attack" -- Israel's term for a Palestinian strike. It was the first time Jerusalem had been hit by such a bomb since 2004.

Those Israelis and their crazy terms! I mean, referring to a fatal bombing of civilians as a "terrorist attack"? Who are they kidding? Everyone knows that a fatal bombing of Israeli civilians should be referred to as a "teachable moment." Or as a "venting of certain frustrations." Or as "an understandable reaction to Jewish perfidy." Or perhaps as "a very special episode of 'Cheers.'" Anything but "a terrorist attack." I suppose Reuters will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by referring to the attacks as "an exercise in urban renewal." The mind reels.

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