Tuesday, August 23, 2005

No one ever called Al Qaida a "serial bombing organization"

As Media Girl quite rightly points out, the media seems to be going out of their way to avoid calling Eric Rudolph a terrorist. Rudolph, who bombed Olympic Park in Atlanta, two women's clinics, and a gay bar, is frequently refered to as "the Olympic Park bomber," or the "abortion clinic bomber" in recent news stories, with The New York Times and MSN preferring the term "serial bomber."

Serial Bomber? The term seems to have been invented by the media to describe the Unabomber, but the media had no problem also referring to Kaczynski as a terrorist. Why so shy with Rudolph then? I'm sure it has nothing to do with Rudolph's sickening popularity in certain red states, and the media's perennial fear of being labeled as "liberal."

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