Monday, June 28, 2004

I kid you not

Someone please get a word to the Turkish hostages being held in Iraq that the beheading they face is only "activism..."

Old news: while the AFP (not known for evenhandedness in dealing with the Middle East) freely uses the word "terrorist" in its news copy, Reuters news agency, the same one once sued by employees for racial discrimination, refuses to use the word because, as at least one editor thinks, "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." De gustibus non disputandum est....

It is news, to me at least, that Reuters would ever publish something like the following: "Three days away from the official transfer of sovereignty, the situation was still very tense in Iraq, where activists were threatenting to decapitate three Turkish hostages..."


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