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08 July 2006 Blog Home : July 2006 : Permalink

'Scare' quotes

Every now and then I think the BBC is getting better and then it does something really stupid. Like this headline:

Ten Taleban fighters 'killed'

I don't want to be rude or anything - well OK I do - but WTF?

If it was "mutilated" or "executed" or something like that I could understand it but not "killed". Killed is pretty much about as uncontroversial  as you get. A body is either dead or a alive and if dead in a situation where there has just been a lot of bombs, bullets etc flying around, killed seems like a reasonable assumption even if you don't see bullet holes, char marks etc on the bodies.

I despise l'Escroc and Vile Pin