The Associated Press’s distorted terminology

Aided and abetted by the Detroit Free Press

By Jerome S. Kaufman

The Associated Press’s distorted terminology

The Detroit Free Press of August 19, 2011, page 13A, captioned an article, Gun men cross Egyptian Desert, kill 8 in Israel.

It turned out the Free Press simply followed the terminology of the article created by Associated Press (AP) correspondent, Daniella Cheslow. But, they could have done a whole lot better than the charade of Associated Press terminology. In the article the AP used the term “gunmen” six times and another inappropriate term, “militants” an additional four times, but what was the article all about? Gunmen?

It so happens “gunman” in the dictionary, defines “gunman” as
1. A man who is armed with a gun, especially, unlawfully
2. A man who is skilled with a gun

In popular parlance, one frequently refers to a gun man as someone committing a robbery.

The Associated Press article then went on to describe what these particular “gun men” had done:

They illegally penetrated Israel’s border with Egypt and launched an attack against innocent Israeli civilians killing 7 people with the actual intent to kill as many as possible.

The “gunmen” carefully planned an attack against a civilian bus that was on the way to Eilat, a tourist town in southern Israel. No robbery was attempted nor in the plans – only the blatant killing of innocents.

The “gunmen” set up an extensive ambush along a 300 yard strip of the bus’s route. They were armed with automatic weapons, grenades and suicide bomb belts. They also rigged a roadside bomb under a parked Jeep.

How is it that the obviously more pertinent and accurate term “terrorists” or more precisely Palestinian Terrorists, never entered the terminology of this article? Is the Associated Press (and the Detroit Free Press) really that anti-Israel that they refuse to tell the world exactly what Israelis have been up against every moment of their lives – ever since the re-birth of the Jewish nation in 1948? Unfortunately, these Palestinian TERRORIST acts are nothing new.

Furthermore, the extent of the terrorism has never had any correlation with how many Jews lived in Israel or how much land they have regained of the G-d given land that was supposed to have been theirs, in the first place.

Of additional interest, in the very last paragraph of the article, was a quote from Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, no friend of Israel or the Jews since she took off her hat as the Senator for New York State.

Secretary Clinton condemned what she called, “pre-meditated acts of terrorism against innocent civilians,” an obvious truism that, for some inexcusable reason, had evidently not occurred to the Associated Press or the Detroit Free Press.

So much for what the naive innocently consider objective news reporting.

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor, Israel Commentary

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