Monday, February 07, 2005

Insurgent Bombers

In an earlier post, I mentioned that Fox uses the term “homicide bombing” while CNN uses “suicide bombing” [http://cnnvsfox.blogspot.com/2005/01/terrorist-bombings-suicide-vs-homicide.html]. Here is an example from today’s headlines of Fox not using the term “suicide:”

CNN: “Suicide bombers kill at least 27 in Iraq” [with a sub-headline of “Twin suicide bombings at hospital, command center”]

Fox: “Bomb Attacks Kill More Than 30 in Iraq

Fox’s article is an AP article that never uses the term suicide in the article. The terms are “car bomber” and “bomber.” Using “suicide” puts emphasis on the sacrifice of the bomber. Not using that term puts less emphasis on the bomber and more emphasis on the effects of the bomb.

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