Wednesday, May 25, 2005

One of these things is not like the other

Take a look at this headline from Reuters:
FBI memo reports Guantanamo guards flushing Koran

Now look at the lead:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An FBI agent wrote in a 2002 document made public on Wednesday that a detainee held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had accused American jailers there of flushing the Koran down a toilet.

Perhaps Reuters had to pare down the headline for space. Here it is again with the missing words reinserted:
FBI memo reports Guantanamo [detainee accusation of] guards flushing Koran

That's better.
Click here for the full text of the article. There is nothing really new here. Not in the endless winding of the Koran story. Not in the lack of journalistic standards at Reuters.

AP did better on this one with the headline "FBI Records Cite Quran Abuse Allegations"--which at least uses the word "allegations."


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