We often criticize left-wing media outlets like the BBC and Reuters over, among other things, their refusal to call terror by its name. But it’s worth emphasizing that by far the worst offender in terms of abusing the language via politically correct terminology is Fox News. Here’s a report from yesterday on the London bombings:
New evidence suggests four bombers blew themselves up on the London transportation system last week, killing at least 52 in what could be the first homicide attacks in Western Europe, officials said Tuesday. . . .
Two militant Islamic groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks on three subway trains and on a bus. Police had previously indicated there was no evidence of homicide bombings, suggesting instead that timers were used.
Although police stopped short of calling them homicide attacks, Clarke said “strong forensic and other evidence” suggests one of the suspects was killed in a subway bombing and property belonging to the three others was found at the location of the other blasts. . . .
The reason police “stopped short of calling them homicide attacks” was that the police don’t work for Fox News and only Fox News calls ‘suicide bombers’ ‘homicide bombers’.
This all reminds me of a post on The Command Post from January of 2004 on this very subject. Murdoc put in an appearance in the comments, and was then summarily executed for it. Fortunately, it was just a flesh wound and I was able to carry on.