Reuters Counts 9/11 Hijackers as 9/11 Victims

From the March 8 edition of James Taranto's Best of the Web. (H/t: Nathan Burchfiel):

Another Man's Victim?

Reuters has a cute little human interest story about funny people from Vermont holding "town meetings" where they call for President Bush's impeachment. What caught our eye was not the darling little Vermonters, though, but something in this paragraph:

Doug Dunbebin, who walked door-to-door collecting signatures to get the question onto the town meeting ballot, said there are still unanswered questions about September 11, 2001, when hijacked plane attacks killed 2,992 people at New York's World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

That number, 2,992, looked unfamiliar to us. We went back and looked at our December item on the Associated Press's bogus "grim milestone" (U.S. military deaths in Iraq surpassing total 9/11 deaths), and sure enough, the AP's 9/11 count was different: 2,973 to be exact.

What's the difference between 2,992 and 2,973? Nineteen. It seems Reuters is counting the terrorists--or should that be "freedom fighters"?--among the victims of 9/11.

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Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is the Managing Editor for NewsBusters