Monday, December 1, 2008

Political Correctness is a form of insanity


This is a screen shot taken from a TV screen of a news cameraman's photo of one of the ten Muslim terrorists who laid siege to the city of Mumbai (Bombay), India, over the weekend. It was found on the Powerline blog in a post by John Hinderaker.
  • Reuters' caption for the photo begins: "A suspected gunman walks outside the premises of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or Victoria Terminus railway station in Mumbai November 26, 2008."

    Notice the object the terrorist is holding in his hands. It's a gun. He isn't a "suspected gunman," he's a "gunman." [And the gun is probably an AK-47].

    This kind of silly political correctness infects reporters and news services world-wide. They think they're being scrupulous--the man hasn't been convicted of being a gunman yet!--when in fact they're just being foolish. But the irrational conviction that nothing can be known unless it has been determined by a court and jury isn't just silly, it's dangerous. For example, I believe that this kind of confused thinking lies behind liberals' indignation that terrorists can be held in Guantanamo Bay "without being charged"--as though they were criminal defendants.

Local reporters do the same thing. My favorite one was one where the term "alleged victim" was used.


Anonymous said...

can we made link exchange


mova nugraha

Adoro said...

This is post # 3,000! Congratulations!


Funny...before you started, you didn't think you've had anything to do or say.....ROFL!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Adoro!

I would have never caught it.

And interestingly enough, the comment just before yours, on this post on the Mumbai tragedy, is from a Catholic blogger in Indonesia wanted to exchange blogroll links with me. That's my first international contact on the blog (other than when Gette was in Hyderabad).

And 3001 is a YouTube post. My first, just to see if they work.

Yeah, I didn't know if I could make this work. And It is different somewhat from my original intentions.

I really haven't posted much "personal" stuff about myself on Stella. Most of that seems to go on the blogs of you, Terry and Cathy. I wish I would have made links to them.

I've learned a lot and I hope that others have also. Thanks again, Adoro.