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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 TooHey 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