The Daily Bork

May 10, 2005

More misleading headlines

Here is a headline from GP:

Göteborgs-Posten: "Många döda i USA:s nya Irakoffensiv"

"Many dead in USA's new Iraq offensive"

If you read on expecting to see a litany of deaths of civilians and children you'd be left disappointed. The "many dead" are in fact found to be 75 "motståndsmän", or opposition men. No mention of any other fatalities than 8 allied soldiers of unspecified origin. Thus a large number of terrorists are dead for little loss of allied forces. In any other world than the bizarro reporting world this would be counted a success, or maybe an offensive against the enemy is supposed to be pulled off with no casualties on either side. Just like D-Day, where thousands of men waded ashore and the thousands facing them managed to have a bang-up fight but everyone went home at the end of the day.

Buried in the article are slight mentions that the battles are mainly against non-Iraqi irregulars and that many ex-Baathists have given up the fight. Now that would seem to be more notable than the desperate twisting of numbers to make a misleading headline.


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