Turned up to eleven: Fair and Balanced

Thursday, April 18, 2002

One quick note; I think that "homicide bombers" is a stupid, doublespeak change to the terminology. It is completely redundant (are there bombers who just like blowing up property?), and it removes from the term the most salient point; the crazed whacko who is doing this is killing himself (and, recently, herself) in the process! Now, its one thing to report the casualties without including the bomber (10 dead besides the bomber, for example), in order to emphasize that the victims are, well victims, while the bomber did it to himself. Some twit must think that somehow "suicide" makes us sympathetic to these ghastly people (I'm guessing this was a Bush p.r. flak's idea). Anyway, I just think it's idiotic to change the term this way, and it is amazing to me how quickly everyone adopted the new phrase.