Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Don't mention the war

Sometimes you wonder why we even bother with editorials:

In a single day, on an idyllic college campus, America set a new record for mass violence. At least 33 people died and some 25 were injured in separate shootings at Virginia Tech Monday, bloodshed on a stunning scale.

Well, whatever you do (Cleese & Booth, 1975), don't mention the war. Or any of the other wars. Or any of the interstate (or extrasystemic) disputes falling below the 1,000-battle-deaths cutoff. Or the occurrence in New York a few years ago. Or the one in Oklahoma City. Or (infra) the Bath Massacre.

By the way? Nobody sets "old" records. When you recycle stuff from the wires, try to spell the names of towns right. And try not to cut-n-paste too obviously:

AP: Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police.

Editorial: The deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and open fire with a rifle, killing 16.

Let's not set a bad example for J2100, all right?

Is it possible to produce a more cluelorn piece of writing? Hey, that's why we have Fox!

Another interesting story about Westfield graduates: Michael Kennedy, Class of '05 - Shot and killed two police officers and wounded another outside the Sully district Fairfax County police station in in May, 2006. Kennedy suffered from mental illness. Cho Seung Hui and Michael Kennedy were students at Westfield at the same time. This may be coincidence.

1 Comments:

Blogger Andy Bechtel said...

Coincidence? I thought the broadcast style would be to call it ironic.

9:34 AM, April 18, 2007  

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