Notes for Monday – July 18, 2016

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The vast majority of recent headlines about the Islamist Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France mysteriously seem to have missing words. “Truck rams Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France, killing at least 84” shouts the Washington Post. The Philadelphia Star headline proclaims: “Bastille Day Horror: Terror Truck Kills 84 in France.” And The New York Times headline reads: “Scores Die in Nice, France, as Truck Plows Into Bastille Day Crowd.” The missing words are of course: “Islamist terrorist driving a…” America’s leftist journalists seem to have selective blindness. And when they write headlines, they are selectively mute. Journalists consistently attribute sentience and ill will to inanimate objects like knives, guns, and trucks. But those are simply tools, and they do not operate autonomously. Nay, they must be wielded by a human being, and it is up that human to decide whether to use those tools for good or for evil.

When you see slanted journalism like this, please take the time to contact the editors of those publications and insist that their staff writers stop attributing inanimate tools with murderous intent. Remind them that donuts and Big Gulps are not responsible for obesity. (It take a human being with an appetite to accomplish that.) Knives, guns, baseball bats, and trucks are not responsible for murder any more than laptop computers are responsible for libel. – JWR

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