Sunday, May 28, 2006

Attention Newsweek: That was a dumb thing to say

Atrios and Feministing nail Newsweek on their recent mea culpa over a 1986 story they ran that famously contended that middle-aged women were more likely to be victims of a terroris attack than to get married. Apologizing is fine, but this statement is just weak:

Much of the ire focused on a single, now infamous line: that a single 40-year-old woman is “more likely to be killed by a terrorist” than to ever marry, the odds of which the researchers put at 2.6 percent. The terrorist comparison wasn’t in the study, and it wasn’t actually true (though it apparently didn’t sound as inappropriate then as it does today, post 9/11).

Oh good. So making shit up is apparently just fine, it's the 9/11 connotations that were a bit tasteless. Got it.

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