Moral equivalence

This little twist piece has been simmering in my head for almost a week now. It’s nearly to the boil point now as I haven’t had the time to really put into words how deceptive, low down, and just plain wrong that Reuters was in the way they wrote the article. The article was titled Iraq bomb in toy cart hits children in playground and so I read it foolishly expecting to read another sad story about one Muslim faction killing another Muslim faction. After all that is what the title would indicate and it is a pretty common occurrence.

Here are the first two paragraphs of the article

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A bomb hidden in a cart of toys killed two children and wounded 17 others in a playground in northern Iraq on Friday, the first day of a national holiday to celebrate the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The attack came the day after U.S. forces killed nine children and six women in an air strike northwest of Baghdad targeting suspected al Qaeda leaders. The U.N. mission in Iraq urged U.S. forces to conduct a “vigorous” probe into the strike.

What steamed me was the way that Reuters coupled these two separate events together implying some sort of moral equivalence between them. While it is obvious that both incidents involved harm to children, we did not put a bomb in a toy cart and wheel it into a playground. Why mention US forces at all. I find no moral equivalence at all. In the 1st case children at a playground were the intended targeted on a Muslim holiday while in the second case the children and women were simply not the intended target of the US forces. 1st case wanted to kill children, 2nd case didn’t. End of story, but not end of article. Because as it turns out the incomprehensible act that gave rise to the article’s title was just a hook for an article that went on to bash the US.

The civilian death toll in the U.S. attack was one of the largest acknowledged by U.S. forces from an air strike since former president Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003.

“Civilians are getting caught far too often between warring combatants,” said U.N. mission spokesman Said Arikat.

The United Nations also called for probes to determine whether private security contractors in Iraq have committed war crimes by killing civilians and for governments to ensure that the rule of law is applied.

I find it tremendously hopeful that we investigate harm that we cause to civilians, even in a war zone. But, where was the call by the UN to investigate why Muslims are targeting children? Did Reuters miss that call??

I am doubly concerned when people just accept this type of journalism because not only is it not truthful, it also sets the stage for them to believe more lies about our nation. Even lies like Democratic Rep. Pete Stark proclaimed in an obviously political attack on our President.

“Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war? You don’t have money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old, enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement,” Stark said


It is outlandish for even a Democrat to say that President Bush is killing our kids for his amusement. Simply put; Media bias against our nation is harming our nation.

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