ISIS and a Peculiar Media Bias

Posted: February 4, 2015 by ShortTimer in Iraq, Media, terrorism
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Yesterday I watched the video of the Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh be burned alive.  It could be found a handful of places on the internet, though it really should be shown on TV.  One of the reasons 9/11 had such a big impact on the American psyche is because it was seen live, unedited.

Similarly, actually seeing it prevents linguistic tricks like what I read today in Reuters.

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan vowed a “strong, earth-shaking and decisive” response to Islamic State killing’s of a Jordanian pilot whose death was announced on Tuesday, the government spokesman said a statement.

Islamic State earlier released a video purporting to show the pilot being burnt to death.

Purporting is a very interesting word.

Look up the definition of purport and you find something like this, first from Google, second from Dictionary.com (emphasis mine):

pur·port
verb
gerund or present participle: purporting
pərˈpôrt/

appear or claim to be or do something, especially falsely; profess.
“she is not the person she purports to be”

verb (used with object)
1. to present, especially deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim,often falsely:

a document purporting to be official.
2. to convey to the mind as the meaning or thing intended; express or imply.

In fact, by typing in the word “purporting” into Google, you get this response today (2/4/15):

jordanian pilot purport

What a specifically strange choice of words.

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