July 01, 2005

Because I Am So Well Placed to Make Fun of People's Names

When the New York Times' central Asia bureau chief has a lead that requires a lot of moxie to report, do you think s/he says, "This is going to take Carlotta Gall"?

Bonus shrillness: The top Google hit for Ms. Gall's name AOTW is this page from TimesWatch, linking to an article that complaining about an article Gall wrote about three 12- and 13-year old Afghani boys who were held in Guantanamo Bay for three years. Gall didn't emphasize that the boys didn't have a bad experience in Gitmo, but rather questions why three boys who weren't captured on a battlefield or carrying weapons were locked up for three years.

You know what? The U.S. shouldn't be locking up innocent juveniles for three years for no apparent reason even if it doesn't torture them. In fact, it shouldn't be newsworthy at all that some prisoners weren't tortured. It's not liberal bias to report this story without a happy-face spin.

Posted by Matt Weiner at July 1, 2005 10:18 AM