Anyone who watches Fox News regularly knows that the network uses the idiotic term "homicide bombing" instead of "suicide bombing" - at the request of Ari Fleischer. As in, "A homicide bomber struck today in Iraq... ." This is supposed to downplay the bomber's death and emphasize the loss of innocent life, but it has the unfortunate side effect of not making any fucking sense. No other major news outlet (with the exception of the New York Post?) has adopted this terminology, for good reason: the whole point of the term 'suicide bomber' is not to place importance upon the loss of the bomber's life but rather to distinguish between bombings in which the perpetrator purposely kills himself with the bomb and bombings in which the perpetrator doesn't do that. Yet Fox continues to embarrass itself. Now, even James Taranto of Opinion Journal (HT: Max Blumenthal) is making fun of them:
We often criticize left-wing media outlets like the BBC and Reuters over, among other things, their refusal to call terror by its name. But it's worth emphasizing that by far the worst offender in terms of abusing the language via politically correct terminology is Fox News. Here's a report from yesterday on the London bombings:"Fox brain trust"?New evidence suggests four bombers blew themselves up on the London transportation system last week, killing at least 52 in what could be the first homicide attacks in Western Europe, officials said Tuesday. . . .Gosh, what about the murder of Theo Van Gogh? Wasn't that a homicide? What about the 200 or so people murdered in Madrid last year? And how could the police have said there was "no evidence of homicide bombings"? What about the scores of blown-up bodies on the trains and the bus? Did the police figure all those people dropped dead of heart attacks seconds before the non-"homicide" bomb went off?
Two militant Islamic groups have claimed responsibility for the attacks on three subway trains and on a bus. Police had previously indicated there was no evidence of homicide bombings, suggesting instead that timers were used.
Although police stopped short of calling them homicide attacks, Clarke said "strong forensic and other evidence" suggests one of the suspects was killed in a subway bombing and property belonging to the three others was found at the location of the other blasts. . . .
Jeremy Shapiro, director of research at the center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, said Europeans had been involved in homicide attacks in the Mideast, but he knew of no successful homicide bombings in Western Europe previously.
The answer is that Fox, and only Fox, has redefined homicide to mean "the act of killing oneself"--what the rest of the English-speaking world calls suicide. So Fox would say, for instance, "Hitler committed homicide by shooting himself in his bunker." But what about what Hitler did to his victims? The Fox brain trust will have to get to work on a name for that.