Thursday, March 23, 2006

Kadima "Militants"

Wow. The AP crosses a whole new line...

AbbaGav: No, this is not a Kadima-bashing election post. It's an AP-bashing post. Get a load of this out-of-control moral equivalence:

Militants of the Kadima party stand next to portraits of acting prime minister Ehud Olmert, right, and ailing prime minister Ariel Sharon at the Kadima headquarters in Jerusalem Wednesday March 22, 2006. The centrist party Kadima (forward in English) was founded by Ariel Sharon in Nov. 2006 after leaving the right-wing Likud party and is the front-runner in the polls for the upcoming March 28 general elections. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
We've known for quite a while now that AP, along with most news services, has implemented a policy of calling terrorists "militants" and then euphemistically demoting the militants down to activists before any text hits the wires. It's enfuriating to read carefully worded stories about "a suicide activist who apparently was killed in a blast today inside a crowded..."

But this isn't enough. Now they are taking political activists of centrist Israeli parties and calling them militants. Kadima terrorists can't be far behind -- and that is not election commentary either.

Read the whole thing.


  1. Thanks for the Ezzie-spotlight, shining a little light on this. By the way, the multiple layers of fact-and-bias-checking haven't kicked in yet to generate a correction -- at least not 24 hours after the photo was posted. Maybe it wasn't a mistake.

  2. My pleasure... I'm surprised. Usually they change such headlines rather quickly. I'd love to hear their reasoning on this one.

  3. Talk about a Freudian slip, eh?

  4. That's right. The wild Jews stepped out on the war path. Loud kvetching to follow.

    Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder about these "unintentional slips".