Soylent Green is People, But the NY Times Thinks that the Jury is Still Out on Iraqis

When I checked the New York Times online this morning, the main story on the front page* was “Baby Rescued From Wreckage of Car Bombing in Iraq.” It featured a photograph of a woman holding a baby on her lap, and the following lede:

“The rescue of a baby from the wreckage of a bombing that killed eight seemed to be proof that Iraqis were still capable of extraordinary acts of humanity.”

I think my favorite part is the “seemed to be” qualifier. Just to let us know that it could be a false alarm -Iraqis might not actually be capable of extraordinary acts of humanity.

*(If the home page has changed by the time you read this, the line is in the fourth paragraph of the story itself.)

Amanda Taub

One Comment

  1. Well, that’s horrifying.

    They’ve since rewritten the article, it seems… it now says: “Their actions seemed to be proof that six years of numbing violence haven’t dulled Iraqis’ capacity for extraordinary acts of humanity.”

    Which is slightly better, but still pretty ridiculous.

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