Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Reportedly suspected

A lovely double hedge -- neither one worth much from a libel or fairness perspective -- from the Fair 'n' Balanced Network.

Why is it important to note that a teen girl is suspectedly the reported killer, or reportedly the suspected killer, or whatever?

The unidentified 15-year-old suspect, who several media outlets say is a girl, has been charged with first-degree murder in Elizabeth's death.

She is being held as a juvenile until the judge decides next month whether the case in St. Martins, Mo., should be tried in adult court.

So "reportedly" is apparently qualifying the suspect's alleged girlhood (though that "she" seems pretty certain on the matter), while "suspected" is qualifying her (or his) reported killerhood? Glad we cleared that up.

So on the front page as of this writing, we have terrorists, pirates, two slain children (and a teenager attacked by people with funny names at her homecoming dance), more War On Fox and a search for Bigfoot. Amazing there's still room for Pelosicare.


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