|Comments on Monday 27 December 2010:|
|There's some really strange phrasing in the AP version of the "tourist unexpectedly dies kind of in the vicinity of a Disney bus" news story today; phrasing which also made its way into the television news.|
Okay, my version there is exaggerating the case, but the real version says "A tourist from Massachusetts was killed when he walked in front of a bus at a Walt Disney World resort." and "stepped in front of a Disney bus ... died at Orlando Regional Medical Center."
The story sounds like he happened to be in front of a bus when an assassin or cholesterol got to him - how can they say the same thing in two distinct paragraphs without mentioning the bus hit him? The man was hit by a bus.
To make up for this bizarrely distractingly over-gentle phrasing, I would like to present this balancing headline "Disney bus murders innocent tourist." [19:17]
|It's probably just a case of they're not sure exactly what happened quite yet, and they're trying to cover their own @$$. If AP implies that Disney was at fault, and it ends up being proven that Disney wasn't at fault (for example: a truck hit the bus from behind, shoving it forward), Disney could sue AP for defamation, libel, or whatever.|
|underneath the article is the mentioning of a boy, being struck and killed by a bus on campgrounds, while riding a bike. why the bus massacres? does no one look left or right anymore?|