Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Poor Journalism

An opening sentence from the NYTimes:
An American-led military campaign to destroy Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s air defenses and establish a no-fly zone over Libya has nearly accomplished its initial objectives, and the United States is moving swiftly to hand command to allies in Europe, American officials said, but fighting continued on Tuesday and an American warplane was reported to have crashed..

Several problems. First, as far as FLG has heard, the campaign isn't "American-led." Second, the headline reads "U.S.-Led Assault Nears Goal in Libya," but the passage above says initial objectives. If the initial objectives are, as the sentence implies, "to destroy Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s air defenses and establish a no-fly zone over Libya," then FLG is sure that can be accomplished. But to what end exactly? Third, why are there two periods? This is the NYTimes FLG is reading, not some blog, right?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I should've told you this a while ago before you figured it out on your own : The NYTimes hired me.

Mrs. P

 
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