Cheat-Seeking Missles

Thursday, March 23, 2006

BBC Thinks Hostages Were "Released"

Here's the BBC headline on its Christian Peacemaker story:

Wife 'thrilled' at Kember release

The online story doesn't use the word much, but the 0200 GMT news broadcast used it in every reference.

Just one problem. The hostages were not released; they were freed.

No Islamowhackjob buttoned up his cardigan and announced, "Golly, releasing these Kumbaya krackpots would be a really nice thing to do, so gee whiz, I think I'll do it."

For BBC, using the word "freed" or "rescued" instead of "released" would have required emphasizing that U.S., British and Iraqi troops actually did something good in Iraq. Cahn't have that, cahn we?