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“Dear Reuters, You Must Be Kidding”

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 10:16 am

[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.  Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]

As you might have heard, yesterday there was a terrorist bombing kinetic military action carried out by terrorists honor-challenged Palestinian freedom fighters* of an Israeli bus stop.

Dark humor aside, I didn’t comment very much on the savage attack because I just didn’t find anything to say besides the simple evil of it, which is self-evident to those capable of recognizing it.

But today, googling around the net, I saw where Jeffrey Goldberg takes Reuters to the woodshed for this quote:

Police said it was a “terrorist attack” — Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike.

And that is where we get the title of this piece: from Mr. Goldberg’s title.  Really, it’s breathtaking in its bias.  They kill random civilians.  Anyone could have died in that blast.  A tourist from a far off land, a baby…  hell a Muslim, even.  But al Reuters editorializes that way.

Anyway, read the whole thing.


* In case you don’t know me, I am being very sarcastic here.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

29 Responses to ““Dear Reuters, You Must Be Kidding””

  1. “A Palestinian strike”? You mean like where they refuse to work and sit on the ground singing freedom songs? Is that what Israel now calls a “terrorist attack”? Gee, talk about turning a molehill into a mountain! Next these Israelis will be claiming that they’re under literal bombardment, and that there are people trying to wipe them off the face of the earth.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  2. The same people, who called Bin Laden , a well known
    Saudi dissident’ say it ain’t so

    narciso (a3a9aa)

  3. Reuters identified itself as an “unbiased media news provider” — Reuters’ term for a propaganda machine.

    aunursa (a2a019)

  4. “Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike”

    Well you could call it “a typical Muslim sneak attack against defenseless women and children, which Muslims employ because they’re all cowardly dogs who fight like little girls, and every time they try and fight like men they get the shit beat out of them, so all they really can do is to disguise themselves and then murder women and children while disguised” but, it takes to long to type all that out every time it happens.

    Dave Surls (bbbd48)

  5. You forgot the /sarc tag, Milhouse.

    Icy Texan (a6f2b4)

  6. It was a Palestini-man-caused disaster.

    Icy Texan (a6f2b4)

  7. gotta get down to the bus stop – gotta catch my bus – I see my friends!

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  8. speaking of you must be kidding


    Reflect that feckless incompetent America still has a whole lotta nothing standing tall at where those two towers used to be ten freaking years ago.


    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  9. Feets, this one’s for you. I found it on one of my friends’ facebooks, and had never heard of the original song, but you seem to know it, so enjoy.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  10. Icy, I thought a link to Latma would work as effectively as a pair of <sarc> tags

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  11. people can be so cynical me I think Rebecca’s song perfectly captures and celebrates the banality of Barack Obama’s America… it is a song what is anthemic of anthems, emblematic of emblems, plus also you get to learn about what order the days go

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  12. I am bereft of speech that is repeatable on Sunday morning at church.

    Vivian Louise (bcd4a5)

  13. One of the major news wire services became entangled with Hitler and the Nazis prior to World War II. Their copy became untrustworthy with respect to Nazi or German stories. It may have been Reuters, even though it was founded in the 19th century by a Jew.

    They seem to be carrying on the tradition although AP is nearly as bad.

    Mike K (8f3f19)

  14. happyfeet:

    The “ground” under the WTC site is 16 acres and 5 framed floors with a depth of 100′. While it might not look like they’ve done anything yet, they, in fact, have. It takes several years to construct a concrete and steel structure of that size.

    Newtons.Bit (922da8)

  15. ok but still chop chop it’s not like we have a statement to make about our indomitability or nuffin

    happyfeet (a55ba0)

  16. Its not hard to figure out which news organizations are supporting terrorism.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  17. Terrorism by definition seeks to use terror to change peoples’ behavior, but I doubt that the bombers in this case truly think they can change Israelis’ behavior this way. In which case, “sadistic attacks” would now be the more empirically accurate term.

    Well, unless it’s about changing the behavior of people other than the people of Israel per se; i.e. amongst the useful idiots and the “please don’t eat me till last, Mr. Crocodile” crowds of the pampered classes. Then the original definition of terrorism would still hold.

    ras (ceba62)

  18. I doubt that the bombers in this case truly think they can change Israelis’ behavior this way

    They already have. Why do you think Israel signed the stupid Oslo accord in the first place? Why have they been making concession after concession? They’re desperately sick of fighting for their lives, and they’re like a rabbit in the lights, ready to grasp at anything that they’re told might bring “peace”, no matter how unlikely and illogical. Without terrorism nobody would have heard of a “Palestinian nation”, or imagine that it had any legitimate claims against Israel. Every inch of political progress this made-up “nation” has made has been achieved through terror.

    Milhouse (4ab35c)

  19. ______________________________________

    But al Reuters editorializes that way.

    Give them slack! After all, they’re liberal. Therefore, they’re compassionate, caring, kind, generous, humane, wonderful, tolerant and warm-hearted people. They can detect and identify bad people, bad situations and bad ideas from a mile away! Again, they’re liberal, so you know their instincts emanate from a beautiful, noble place.

    Mark (411533)

  20. “Palestinian freedom fighters”

    You can call them that if you want to. It’s just as easy to kill freedom fighters as it is to kill terrorists.

    And, they’ll all be dead, no matter what they’re called, if I get my way.

    The Pals made me their enemy a long, long time ago, and no amount of callow propaganda is ever going to change that.

    Dave Surls (bbbd48)

  21. Way back when (right after 9/11 of course), the MSM was shamed into calling terrorists terrorists some of the time.

    And then George Bush invaded Iraq and everybody was all focused on that and there are all kinds of rhetorical devices like this that have become the norm for news coverage, the changes lost in the cacophony of larger issues.

    Basically, it’s Dubya’s fault, he’s to blame for everything!

    deepelemblues (a78b16)

  22. Goldberg is well worth reading every day* (so you can guess who reads him every day) and when he finds a target he tends to keep on hitting.

    *well, not literally every day. He generally doesn’t publish anything on weekends or Jewish holy days.

    kishnevi (437df2)

  23. I almost forgot–Aaron at least should enjoy him, since Goldberg shares his warped sense of humor.

    (ducking and running for cover 🙂 )

    kishnevi (437df2)

  24. Rather more seriously, this news update reporting some kinetic military action on the part of Hamas (rocket attacks)

    Officials identified the victim of the Jerusalem bombing as Mary Jean Gardner, a 59-year-old British tourist who had been taking courses at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. In Washington, the State Department said five of the wounded were Americans, one of whom remains hospitalized.
    On Thursday President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to offer condolences. The White House said Obama reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.
    Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Jerusalem and southern Israel remained on a heightened state of alert.

    That sounds a bit odd to me. The murder victim was British, some of the wounded were Americans, and we’re offering condolences to Israel, not the UK?

    kishnevi (437df2)

  25. kishnevi – Remember, Obama don’t like the Brits.

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  26. Daley–I remembered that. But in that case, don’t offer condolences to anyone, right?

    Unless this was a call regarding the family that was murdered last week? I suppose if he couldn’t interrupt his trip because of a war, he certainly couldn’t interrupt it even momentarily to call Netanyahu over something as minor as a terrorist massacre. [/snark]

    kishnevi (437df2)

  27. “But in that case, don’t offer condolences to anyone, right?”

    kishnevi – I can’t help it if he’s socially and diplomatically inept.

    daleyrocks (9b57b3)

  28. Maybe he just hadn’t heard the news. Like his security adviser who hadn’t heard about the Moslem terrorists arrested in London last December, and who thought that the Moslem Brotherhood was a secular group. (Or maybe he’s a secret LaRouchie; they seem to think that “British” and “Yiddish” are the same thing.)

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

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