Saturday, November 18, 2006

Yahoo Headline

I just saw this headline on Yahoo News:

Major battle in Iraq's Baqouba kills 18

Now, I'm as appalled as the next person about the cluster-fuck over there, but how does something that purports to be a news agency call anything that results in eighteen dead a major battle? Yeah, I know that if one of those eighteen was my kid, that would be as major as it would get, but let's keep it in perspective. We went through two world wars where tens of thousands of people could be killed in a single day. This is even a small number for this conflict, where literally hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed between the two wars. The nicest thing that could be said of this headline is poor judgement. The most honest thing would be to call it bullshit.

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