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May 25, 2004

A Cool Media-Bashing Quote ...
From The WSJ

... the
second biggest circulation daily in the country.

Hypocritcal? Perhaps. Stupid. Yes.

Here's the bash from the Best of the Web feature at the WSJ (which used to be Best of the Blogs until everyone realized James Taranto never really linked to any blogs but Andrew Sullivan.)
NoKo Media Are Ghraib-Mad Too
North Koreans are "closely following the scandal of abuse meted out by the US military in Iraqi jails," reports Agence France-Presse from Pyongyang:

"I was shocked to see the pictures of naked Iraqi prisoners on television and in the newspapers," said Kim Sun-Ok, a 31-year-old employee working at a state telecommunications company.

"Most of my colleagues are saying the abuse is inhumane and cruel," the female Pyongyang resident said. "I think the Americans are like wild wolves that attack people without mercy."

Un Kyong-Hi, a college researcher in her 20s, said the abuses reinforced negative perceptions about the Stalinist state's ideological foe.

"Many people have seen pictures of the abuse, which is the top international news here. People's ideas that the United States is a barbarian country are being reinforced."

Trying to look on the bright side, we reflected that it's encouraging, at least, that the Pyongyang regime is relaxing its repression and allowing its people to see Western news reports. Then, alas, we read on: "While foreign visitors can watch news programmes through international satellite television channels at luxury hotels, ordinary people here have no such free access to outside information but get their news through the state media, which reflects the policies of the North Korean government."

The difference between North Korea and America, then, is that here the media are free not to portray America as a "barbarian country." Too bad they don't use that freedom more often.
Hey that's funny. 'Cept I think the only one to use the phrase "barbarian country" in US mainstream media is you, sorry "we" in the WSJ.

And who is this we? Well, apparently it took this many (Carol Muller helps compile Best of the Web Today. Thanks to Barak Moore, Michael Segal, Susan Petrarca, Lawrence Peck, Carolyn Grotevant, Pat Ducey, Jason Osborn, Michael Hatzimichalis, Burt Rublin, Matt Duffy, Charlie Gaylord, Thomas Dillon, Anil Adyanthaya, Erik Andresen, Alan Ogletee and Suzanne Vesper) people to put the thing together - under James' name.

Grammar Dramar (Same link above) One of those many people above does make the rational point that using "homicide bomber" or "homicide bombings" for "suicide bomber" - something only Fox maintains regularly - makes absolutely no sense at all.

And here is the summary of why: Suicide describes the method of bombing not the result, in the same way car bombing describes a method of killing others. It's not called car homicide bombing.

It;'s also quickly a redundancy: Bombing kills 4. Or homicide bombing kills 4. Or Suicide bombing kills 4. Unless you are hip to the Fox code, it makes no sense to say homicide bombing kills 4 as "bombing kills 4" delivers exactly the same information and suicide bombing delivers additional information.

Bonus: Pro-war poetry at WSJ