Reutian Slip

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on May 20, 2009

“Ex-FBI Agent Criticizes Harsh Terrorism Tactics,” reads a Reuters headline.

Huh? Is it news that a former cop is criticizing terrorism? Are there gentle terrorism tactics? And since when does Reuters use “emotive” terms like terrorism?

Ah, it turns out the headline is just a slip of the tongue – [a typo]. They meant harsh interrogation tactics. Then we noticed this:

The hearing occurred amid increasing calls by human rights groups for more investigation and perhaps even criminal prosecutions of Bush administration officials for the techniques denounced by critics as illegal torture.

“Torture” is such an emotive word [it causes strong feelings]; wouldn’t Reuters style call for scare quotes? Nah, scare quotes are only for the “bad” Americans.
(Read the Reuters’ article here.)

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