Tuesday, June 06, 2006

You Can 'Quote' Me On That

While, of course, the allegations against the 17 terrorist suspects arrested over the weekend remain to be proven in court, do we need the Toronto Star to remind us of that fact with "irony quotes"?

There's a difference between a plot and a "plot"; one is real, the other is a bit of editorial sneering.

The Star's liberal reflexes are re-asserting themselves, now that "everyone" has had a chance to "void" themselves at the "news".

Very soon, they'll be calling them "terrorists" instead of terrorists.


x2para said...

The Toronto Pravda Star will probably call them "freedom fighters"

Anonymous said...

I suppose it's to be expected. The Tor Star has employed "journalists" for years.

davidson said...

don't like it? read a different paper, try the "Sun".

J0hnnyB said...

The quotes are there because none of the allegations has been proven in a court of law. Bloggers may not care that people are innocent until proven guilty, but some in the real media still do.

God, it really gets your goat that the Post got so soundly scooped, doesn't it?

Dave said...


explain why the word plot is only in quotes in the title? Elsewhere in the piece, it is used without quotes. If your theory (utter bollocks BTW) held any water, the term "alleged plot" would be used.

Anyhoo, this is just a warm up. Buffoon Siddiqui is warming up his keyboard right now with a diatribe explaining how us dumb cannuck rednecks have brought this on oursleves. Buff will then go on to explain how we should compensate the falsely accused, and BTW we should get out of Afghanistan. Etc. Etc. Should run to 1000 words of drivel; look for it in your horseshit-laden Star any day now.

J0hnnyB said...

'If your theory (utter bollocks BTW) held any water, the term "alleged plot" would be used.'

Newspapers, unlike websites, have space considerations for their headlines. Sometimes you can't fit 'alleged,' 'accused,' 'claim,' or 'suspect' in your headlines, so you use quotes. In the body of the story:

"...claim Amara and another five suspects were involved in the bomb plot."

"...alleging is a home-grown terrorist cell..."

...and so on.

Can _you_ explain why the Star didn't use the quotes in the body of the story, if Loyalist's theory is true? Why not put scare quotes around every instance of the word?