Marquette Warrior: Two Murders -- Two Media Standards

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Two Murders -- Two Media Standards

From Maggie Gallagher on Real Clear Politics:
Abdulhakim Muhammad, Pvt. Long’s killer, had his reasons for engaging in cold-blooded murder. He was retaliating against these soldiers for the U.S. military’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the mistreatment of Muslims, this young man said. This was an act of domestic terrorism -- a protest against the American conflicts abroad.

Meanwhile, one day earlier, George Tiller, a late-term abortion doctor in Wichita, Kan., was gunned down in church. His murderer, a disturbed man named Scott Roeder, “wanted a scapegoat,” his ex-wife said. “First it was taxes -- he stopped paying. Then he turned to the church and got involved in anti-abortion.”

Two men, two murderers -- two lost boys trying to recover dreams of manhood in two violent and disturblingly similar acts.

Is God sending us a message?

At The New York Times, one story is front-page news; the other is buried in the back pages.
Which one is buried and which one on the front page?

You don’t even need to ask.

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Blogger Tom said...

This is pretty tangential, but... I wondered the same thing after the foiled attack by "terrorists" in America against a military fort. How can an attack against military forces be terrorism? Isn't the military a legitimate target, whereas terrorism needs to be aimed at civilians?

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