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Saturday, August 18, 2007

This Sort Of Intentional Obfuscation Pisses Me Off

I noticed this is a random story about a fire at the old Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site. The story is from Breitbart but it was culled from the AFP (Agence France-Presse).

The offensive sentence is in the second to the last paragraph. Now this sort of bullsh-t is nothing new for the AFP (or the New York Times, or The Guardian, or the BBC, or NBC, or CNN, etc. etc.) but it still hacks me off!
A bank building overlooking New York's Ground Zero site caught fire Saturday, sending black smoke billowing across the skyline where the Twin Towers once stood.

The blaze occurred when scaffolding caught fire on the former Deutsche Bank building, fire battalion chief Wes Schelling told AFP at the scene.

Firefighters put out the blaze but smoke continued to rise for several hours, appearing thickest around the 15th floor of the 40-story building.

The fire service could not confirm whether the blaze had caused any injuries.

The skyscraper was under construction after being pulled down following the extremist attacks of September 11, 2001, Schelling said. [emphasis mine, QC]

Those airplane attacks destroyed the 110-story towers of the World Trade Center which once stood on the site at the southern tip of Manhattan island.
Extremist attacks! Let's just clear that up for the AFP, shall we. The WTC was attacked on September 11, 2001 by radical muslim jihadists! Not Angry Lutheran Grandmothers, not Disgruntled Buddhist Lesbians, but RADICAL MUSLIM TERRORISTS.

Get it? Got it? Good.

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