Fox murders credibility
OK, this is a real-life lesson, courtesy of Fox News (Motto: What, us care?) in why we don't carelessly throw around the term "murder." (Thanks to Fev at Heads up the Blog for the pointer.)
The headline on the story by Melissa Drosjack is thus:
Mary Winkler Calls Murder of Her Minister Husband 'Tragic Event'Drosjack -- who ought to be ashamed, by the way, unless the desk changed her copy (in which case a murder might be yet forthcoming) -- writes this lede:
The mother who confessed to killing her minister husband with a shotgun spoke out for the first time on national television Wednesday, calling the murder a "tragic event" and expressing a longing to see her three young daughters again.
Eight grafs down is this:
Mary Winkler was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and served five months in jail with two months in a mental-health treatment facility.
Let's all repeat in unison -- manslaughter is NOT murder. Common civility requires us to respect that little nicety. Oh, I forgot. You can't spell civility with "fox."