Wednesday, June 28, 2006

"Army troops" against "Militants"


That's how the New York Times has it this morning.

Their choice of words makes it seem so unfair. The headlines paint a picture of very strong, well-equipped military action:
Israeli Troops Enter Gaza; Bridges Are Hit


It's to give a David-Goliath impression.

They could have refocused (re-written) the article by headlining the "postscript:"
Mr. Al also said his group had kidnapped a Jewish civilian settler
in the West Bank. The police said that Eliyahu Asheri, 18, who lives in the
settlement of Itamar, near Nablus, had been reported missing since Sunday. They said they were trying to see if there was a connection.


Israeli teen kidnapped by Palestinians!

But that wouldn't give the message they want to give their readers.

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