Tuesday, May 8, 2012

An omission

CORRECTION (added 6/5/12): Awlaki and his son were killed in two different strikes, not the same one. See here. That no one corrected my mistake is an indication, if any were needed, of how few people read this blog.

Reports (WaPo, NewsHour) about the latest story involving AQAP (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) mention the U.S. drone strike that killed Anwar al-Awlaki last fall but don't mention that [a later strike, I should have said] killed Awlaki's 16-year-old son.


Kindred Winecoff said...

I remember reading that in at least some MSM reports at the time. No link, sorry.

LFC said...

Doubtless some MSM reports did mention it. But often there tends to be a lurch-from-story-to-story mode, I think. Thus in May, when the AQAP bomb plot was foiled thanks (apparently) to the Saudi mole, there was an almost tunnel-vision-like focus on that in some reporting, with not enough effort to put it in context. A common enough complaint, I suppose, but it struck me esp. at the time in connection with that event and how it was covered.