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Terrible television

So the Buffalo television news guy just provided an update on the shootings at Fort Hood. They gave the name, rank and position of one of the suspects, who was killed, adding, "He is believed to have been a Muslim."

Would they have reported his religion if he had been a Presbyterian? A Catholic? A Protestant?

Awful journalism. Just awful.

UPDATE: From The New York Times: "According to military personnel records obtained by the New York Times, Mr. Hasan was born in Virginia and was living in Kensington, Md. He was single, according to the records, and he listed no religious preference."


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Nov. 6th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
I just read something similar from the AP. Distressing situation, made more distressing by editorial words that not only slant the story but perpetuate an awful stereotype.
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
You know us single people...

Nov. 6th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Psh. I'm pinning this one on the Virginians.
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Wow. They just don't make reporters like they used to, I guess.
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
It makes no sense that they'd report his religion. Who cares if he was Muslim? That particular bit of information does not add to the story as a whole.
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Interesting. My brain went with the assumption that it must've been a relevant piece of information or they wouldn't have used it. As in, his religious beliefs were a noteworthy, contributing factor with regard to his actions..
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