Monday, March 29, 2010
Moscow bombed, CNN blames "women"
terrorist attack in the Moscow subway system was perpetrated by two reportedly female suicide bombers. CNN found it appropriate to communicate the relevant facts with "Women blamed in Moscow suicide blasts." To see how backwards this headline is, imagine the consummately uninformative "Men blamed for 9/11." I understand it's novel that the suicide bombers were female, but their womanhood was not responsible for their extremist views and actions, and is therefore not the salient point for inclusion in a headline, certainly not at the cost of including information on their political affiliation. CNN and MSNBC are both notorious for bad online headlines. I can't tell you how many times I've seen them describe a rape or sexual abuse case as a "sex scandal" (rape is no more a sex scandal than a robbery is a payola scheme), or drastically misrepresent the findings of scientific research. To them I say: hire somebody better. And to those victimized by the Moscow subway bombs (many of whom were also women), I say: I am so sorry, and you'll be in our thoughts. I so wish we could learn to work out our differences without involving innocent civilians. Next century, perhaps.