MSM Replaces Term, Obvious Signs of Torture (updated/bumped)

The MSM has replaced the phrase, "obvious signs of torture" with "beheaded".

AP Via Yahoo News: BAGHDAD - Twenty beheaded bodies were discovered Thursday on the banks of the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad and a car bomb killed another 20 people in one of the capital's busy outdoor bus stations, police said.

The beheaded remains were found in the Sunni Muslim village of Um al-Abeed, near the city of Salman Pak, which lies 14 miles southeast of Baghdad.

The bodies all men aged 20 to 40 had their hands and legs bound, and some of the heads were found next to the bodies, two officers said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Several outlets have used the term beheaded this morning including NPR and WAPO.

I'd praise them for finally doing so, except for the fact that they are about 3 years late.

What gives? Opinions?

Update 06/30/07: Whoa! Fake Alert! Interesting, a fake decapitation story. The terrorists in Iraq regularly claim to have beheaded people and I'm sure they still do at times. After all choppin off heads is second only to soccer as sport in the Arab world.

What really sucks is all those times people really were beheaded the MSM chose to say, "obvious signs of torture." The only time they actually used the word beheading was in a badly sourced, fake story.

I knew something was fishy abuot this. Just could not put my fingerin on it. Confederate Yankee has the story on the fake story.

The Associated Press, Reuters, and a small Iraqi Independent news agency called Voice of Iraq released stories Thursday about the massacre of 20 men near Salman Pak, who were supposedly found decapitated on the banks of the Tigris River.

But something seemed inherently wrong with the accounts I read from the Associated Press. The only two sources for the Associated Press article were anonymous police, not located in Salman Pak, but from Baghdad (more than dozen miles away) and Kut (more than 75 miles away).

Because of this odd sourcing, I asked Multi-National Corps-Iraq and the PAO liaison to the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior to investigate.

I published their preliminary findings as they came out in Bring Me The Head of Kim Gamel.

Posted by: Howie at 06:00 PM


1 This is a rhetorical way for them to emphasizie their beliefthat the Surge is not working. The press cansay "See, now people are being beheaded. This is an escalation."

Posted by: Kalifornia Kafir at June 28, 2007 12:12 PM

2 "insurgents" don't behead. terrorists do. we're also aware that ap, beeb, reuters, etc have some of their news filtered by arabic/muslim editors due to the business model they are using (selling finished pieces directly to the mideast, rather than the raw footage they sell to Western sources). 20 beheaded bodies fits nicely into the "surge isnt working," as the above comment points out. Being found in a Sunni village outside Salmon Pak sends up red flags for me.

Short answer: anonymous sources are either wrong/lying/propagandizing, and publishing it as such serves to further the source's agenda (see above)

Posted by: cadetwithchips2 at June 28, 2007 01:01 PM

3 This is what I love about the whole coming surge debate -- the ambiguity.

Take a group of 100,000 terrorists -- any 100,000 will do -- and kill 30,000 between now and late September.

Those who support the war will be able to claim 30,000 dead as proof the surge is working. Those who do not will be able to point to the fact that 70,000 terrorists are still roaming free despite the surge, proving it's failure.

I think everyone will find what they're looking for at the end of the day.

Posted by: B at June 28, 2007 02:52 PM

4 Muslims are screwed up assholes. What's with this cutting peoples heads off anyway? If I were killing muslims I would just shoot the bastards in the head and go on to the next. Takes too much time to cut their heads off. Inefficent.

Posted by: Greyrooster at June 28, 2007 10:40 PM

5 The thing with cutting peoples heads off sure seems like it's what the book of Revelations is talking about.

Accept the mark on your forehead, or they'll cut your head off.

Posted by: QC at June 29, 2007 01:55 AM


Posted by: Bill at June 30, 2007 08:13 PM

7 "Confirmation" of anything in Iraq is problematical. About the only thing that is consistently accurate is the American KIA figures. Other than that EVERYTHING is suspect to me.

Posted by: John Ryan at June 30, 2007 10:54 PM

8 Entire beheading incident probably never happened.

Posted by: Greyrooster at July 01, 2007 01:02 PM

9 Howie: Will you please publish Conservative Voices' IP so I can piss on him.

Posted by: Greyrooster at July 01, 2007 08:03 PM

10 I'm not convinced the two terms are interchangeable. If the jihadists used screwdrivers, blowtorches, etc. from their gruesome torture manuals BEFORE sawing off someone's head then just saying "beheaded" doesn't quite cover it. Maybe the MSM should just try to be very descriptive by saying "tortured and beheaded". Using toned down language with these sanitized euphemisms doesn't accurately convey the utter savagery and sadistic glee with which our enemies behave.

Posted by: Jill at July 02, 2007 10:32 AM

11 Remember how those two valiant reporters from Fox joined the Muslim save their heads?

Pussies will do anything to stay alive! Men are supposed to fight; some live, some's in our genes.

Language is for lawyers, those pussies who study to become skilled in the passive aggressive ways slimeballs love!

Take the recent immigration bill...a lawyer's wet dream for sure!

Muslims are assholes, that's simple...and true. Religion of peace, yea, I see their leaders out on the streets every day asking, begging for peace!

Put some lipstick on that pig for me, will ya? I've got some dancin' to do! Ain't she pretty?

Posted by: RJ at July 02, 2007 11:32 AM

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