Friday, March 28, 2003
One can almost write the headlines oneself:
The Washington Post: NEW QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT RESPONSIBILITY FOR VX DEATH OF 5000 IN BAGHDAD SUBURB
The use of the passive voice in the title of any news story is almost always a sign of the most blatant ideological bias at work. When you say "questions are being raised" you are syntactically excused from mentioning who exactly is doing the raising until later in the story. This cute little trick allows the introduction of viewpoints from the most discredited, extremist sources into newspaper, television, and radio headlines.
Reuters: AMERICANS WON'T DENY POSSESSION OF NERVE AGENTS
Another technique to transform a nonstory into a story. Al-Jazeera will run the images of dead children with blood running out of their noses, intercut with footage of Iraqi officials demanding a UN investigation, and we'll be off and running.