Friday, July 01, 2005

Media Bias...What Media Bias?

In what has to be the most bizaar comment ever made in a news article, Rueters demonstrates it's anti-American bias:

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch woman who swears by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life celebrated her 115th birthday on Wednesday as the oldest living person on record.

Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, a former needlework teacher, was born in 1890, the year Sioux Indians were massacred by the U.S. military at the Battle of Wounded Knee.

The passionate soccer fan celebrated her birthday in a nursing home in the northern Dutch town of Hoogeveen.

Um...ok. Usually, if you referance a historical mark to put a date in perspective, one would use a *RELEVANT* fact. What the actions of the US military has to do with a Dutch woman is beyond me.

UPDATE: Captains Quarters has more:

Was Wounded Knee the only historical event of 1890 that Reuters could discover? Given that the article mentions the German occupation during World War II and the fact that Andel-Schipper had to sell her jewelry to eat, perhaps Reuters could have mentioned that Kaiser Wilhelm fired Bismarck that year, aggregating absolute power to himself and setting the stage for two World Wars. At least that would have some tangential relationship to Andel-Schipper.


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