Sunday, July 31, 2005

Can't the MSM report anything accurately?

Chicago Sun-Times:
Teens arrested for burning 20 small U.S. flags
Then the first paragraph of this thoroughly misleading report:
Two teenage boys were charged Thursday with burning 20 small American flags set up in honor of a soldier who died from injuries suffered in the Iraq war.
Now, after the headline and the first paragraph have you believing that two teenage boys were charged with flag burning (which is not a crime), the second paragraph finally gets around to mentioning, as an aside, what the boys were actually charged with. The report doesn't state this outright. The reporter leaves it up to the readers to figure it out.
Police said the boys apparently did not know the significance of the flags they took from the yard and set afire under a car belonging to the soldier's sister-in-law. The vehicle was destroyed.
What the report never states is that the arson charge was for burning the car, not the flags.

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