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Moral Equivalence on CNN

Written By mista sense on Wednesday, April 4, 2007 | 11:59 AM

CNN anchor Tony Harris seems like a nice enough guy. Perfectly likeable, in fact. And yet this morning, as he announced the release of the British hostages from Iran, he said that the rogue regime in Tehran was "granting amnesty" to the British sailors and marines.

That's good news, except for one little thing: "amnesty," implies generosity on the part of the amnesty-granter. And "amnesty" also implies guilt of some kind on the part of the amnesty-recipient. In other words, CNN is contributing, in a subtle but distinct way, to the idea that the Iranians have some sort of legitimate argument to make. And so CNN is contributing to the legitimization of the rogue regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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