Thursday, January 25, 2007

Media Derangement Syndrome

You want to see what real stupidity is? Check out this misinformed rant of a post by Bryan Preston at Hot Air, in which he ascribes all sorts of evil intentions to the Associated Press for a single headline on a story that appeared on Yahoo! He dubs it the "shameless AP journalistic crime of the day," for a garbled headline that seemed to suggest U.S. troops were battling Iraqi troops (though the article's first sentence clearly states to any who might be confused: "U.S. and Iraqi troops battled Sunni insurgents...") But that's all too complicated for Mr. Preston.

And, by the way, Mr. Preston, I have no idea whether the dastardly Kim Gamel wrote that headline. But it's true that writers almost never write their own headlines. But in the future, feel free to attack others based on wild supposition. It only further erodes your credibility.

Finally, wouldn't it be far more likely that the headline writer accidentally left out "with insurgents" from "U.S., Iraqi troops clash in Baghdad?" I know it doesn't further any lame-brained conspiracy theory of yours that the press wants to sabotage our entire war effort, but it might be worthwhile to think these things over before you press the "Publish" button.

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