March 24, 2011

Reuters Calls Bombing Near Jerusalem a ‘Terrorist Attack’ — Using Scare Quotes

In a Wednesday story at Reuters (“Bombing near Jerusalem bus stop kills woman, 30 hurt”) describing the aftermath of “a bomb planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem,” reporter Crispian Balmer wrote the following (bold is mine):

Medics said three people were seriously hurt by the explosion, which hit one of the main routes into central Jerusalem in the afternoon, shattering the windows of a nearby bus. A woman in her 60s died in hospital.

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.

My, my. It’s as if the word “terrorist” was invented by the Israelis just for the occasion.

Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic reacted (HT Instapundit):

Dear Reuters, You Must Be Kidding

… 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.

That it does.

This is the same wire service which, with help from other press outlets, was treating us to so many deliberately doctored photos from Lebanon in relation to Israeli strikes against terrorists (no need for scare quotes) in 2006 that it gave rise to a new term which has made it into the Urban Dictionary — fauxtography.

Perhaps the doctoring of photos has subsided; the doctoring of news clearly hasn’t.

It’s also clear that Crispian Balmer isn’t keeping to the standard held up by Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer (HT LGF via Michelle Malkin) in the wake of the fauxtography scandal in December of 2006:

The final lesson we learned was this – more than ever the world needs a media company free from bias, independent, telling it as it really is, without the filter of national or political interest…

…Telling the story truthfully is more important than ever. Reporting it without spin and without editorializing is critical if history is to accurately record events.

If Glocer, who is still CEO, really believes this, he needs to have a talk with Crispian Balmer.

Final question: Glocer’s bio indicates that “He is a director of Merck & Co., Inc.” Conflict of interest in reporting on health care, anyone?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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Previous Related BizzyBlog Posts:
August 12, 2006 — Pervasive and Systematic Bias in Middle East News Coverage: Now We Know Why
- August 10, 2006 — Al-Reuters Explains It All
- August 8, 2006 — A Quick Acknowledgment to Gateway Pundit (re NYT fauxtography involvement)

Lucid Links (032411, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:24 am

Words fail:

Woman Tied to 9/11, Fannie Mae on Obama’s FBI Shortlist

The Obama administration reportedly is considering former Clinton administration official Jamie Gorelick, among others, to become the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez first reported the news last week, citing “U.S. officials” familiar with the situation.

A commenter at Michelle Malkin’s place did have some words about Gorelick in 2008 that are as true today as they were three years ago:

Jamie Gorelick is as responsible as any American for intelligence failures related to 9/11. Then she helps loot Fannie. Nice. And she isn’t in jail because….because…

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Voting with their feet:

Detroit’s population plunged 25% in the past decade to 713,777, the lowest count since 1910, four years before Henry Ford offered $5 a day to autoworkers, sparking a boom that quadrupled the Motor City’s size in the first half of the 20th century.

The city’s population peaked at 1.85 million in 1950. Its population loss of 61% since then is a perfect storm of high crime, high taxes, and lousy schools. Note well that the city’s embrace of casino gambling during past decade has done nothing to stop the population bleed, and may have exacerbated it.

1960s black radical Rap Brown infamously said the following in the wake of the race riots that tore the city apart in 1967:

They used to called it Detroit. Now they call it Destroit.

He’s largely gotten his way.

I wish former NBA star and current Detroit Mayor Dave Bing all the luck in the world in turning the city around, but to say he has his work cut out for him is the understatement of the century. He should start by focusing less energy on the accuracy of the count and more energy on bringing the city back to life.

Update: Michael Barone — “When people ask me why I moved from being a liberal to being a conservative, my single-word answer is Detroit. The liberal policies which I hoped would make Detroit something like heaven have made it instead something more like hell.”

Update 2: At Heritage — “What happens when a city buys the liberal dream hook, line and sinker? Just take a look at the City of Detroit.”

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Related thought: Even before the new census data came out, Detroit had more registered voters than it had residents over the age of 18. In the wake of the Motor City’s population decline and in the name of clean elections, the voter rolls in Detroit need to be scoured immediately, and completely.

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Objectively UnfitNot This Mitt AgainRomney Watch: “Mitt Rewrites Himself” (overview; detail; HT Deroy Murdock at NRO) — Mitt Romney’s 2011 paperback release of his 2009 book is more than an update. It’s partially a rewrite, as Murdock most succinctly explains:

In an inverse relationship with the cover of his book, Romney also morphs from soft to tough on health care. According to (Boston Phoenix writer David S.) Bernstein, Hardback Romney offered cautious comparisons between the president’s health-care reform plan and RomneyCare, the former Massachusetts governor’s own big-government legislation that the Wall Street Journal called “the dress rehearsal for ObamaCare.”

Once again, Paperback Romney is far more fiery and partisan, now that the February 6, 2012, Iowa Caucuses are less than a year away. “ObamaCare will not work and should be repealed,” Paperback Romney roars. “ObamaCare is an unconstitutional federal incursion into the rights of states.”

In addition to the fresh and disturbing evidence that Romney remains a constant work in progress, one wonders how dumb he thinks Americans are.

If Sarah Palin ever did something like this, she will not get the media free pass Romney has clearly received for his historical revisionism. That tells you all you need to know about who the establishment press wants to see as Barack Obama’s 2012 opponent. Once nominated, they’ll rip Romney to shreds with stuff like this.

Apparently, the only position you can count on Mitt Romney sticking to is the one that he should be our next president. Read this Concord (NH) Monitor editorial from late 2007, which is as good a takedown as any as to why that can’t be allowed to happen. Nothing has changed. As the editorial states, he “… most surely must be stopped.”

Positivity: Nearly 40,000 in Peru march for life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Piura, Peru:

Mar 22, 2011 / 02:04 pm

Some 40,000 Peruvians took part in a march commemorating the Day of the Unborn Child on March 19 in the northwestern province of Piura.

During a Mass at the event, Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura urged Catholics to “be committed to building a culture of life, which must begin with heeding the voice of every unborn child” in Peru.

“We are all responsible for what science has amazingly revealed to us to be a child from the first moment of his existence at conception,” the archbishop said. “The mother who bears him in her womb is responsible first and foremost. Then, those who are around her, the baby’s father and her family. And last but not least, civil authorities and society in general,” he said.

Authentic development demands that the “inalienable rights of the human person – especially the right to life from conception to natural death – be defended,” the archbishop continued.

Consequently, he added, the legalization of abortion in Peru “would always be an injustice and never a right. The right to kill does not exist. Only the right to life does. Abortion solves nothing. Let us pray to the Lord of Life that abortion is never allowed in Peru.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.