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July 29, 2009

'Times of India' to New York Times and Washington Post: 'terrorists are terrorists - not gunman'

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media, Political News and commentaries

For the NYT and the WaPo, terrorists are not terrorists, they are 'militants', 'gunmen', 'attackers' and 'assailants.' The T-word is never used.

Today, the Times of India calls them on it and offers this clue:

"My own broad guideline: If it looks as if it was intended to sow terror and it shocks the conscience, whether it is planes flying into the World Trade Center, gunmen shooting up Mumbai, or a political killer in a little girl's bedroom, I'd call it terrorism -- by terrorists."
Plain and simple logic that isn't applied in the American media which needs to revisit the old axiom - "If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a damned duck." Avoiding the T-word is cutesy liberal political correctness, but idiotic. As TOI aptly points out, calling an act of terrorism for what it is, the the act isn't all that difficult.

Hat tip - Backspin

Posted by Richard at July 29, 2009 7:53 AM

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