Reader reaction to Reuters news
Religion in the headline…
Muslims get long sentences for U.S. Army base plot
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Two Muslim men convicted of plotting to kill soldiers at a U.S. Army base received long prison sentences on Wednesday for a plan prosecutors said was inspired by holy war against the United States.
Why would you title an article “Muslims get long sentences for U.S Army base plot”? Do you title other articles by using the religious affiliations of parties involved in other crimes? “Jewish person commits $80 billion fraud.” “Christian army soldier in Iraq on trail for rape and murder.”
I think for a respected news source like Reuters to use Islamaphobic tactics is pretty despicable.
Several readers wrote us to say the religion of the men had no reason to be identified in this headline: GBU Editor
Faten Shnewer, the mother of defendant Mohamad Shnewer, makes remarks after her son was convicted with four others of conspiracy to kill U.S. soldiers in a planned attack on an Army base, after the trial at the federal courthouse in Camden, New Jersey, December 22, 2008. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer