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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

He's the father!

An article from the Orlando Sentinel

The driver of a car was fatally shot in Orlando on Friday as his wife and her 3-year-old son looked on, police said.

The family, in the area from New York to visit relatives, was driving north on Lee Avenue south of Livingston Street about 1:40 p.m. when someone shot into the car, striking the driver, said Sgt. Barbara Jones, an Orlando police spokeswoman. The car careened onto an empty lot on Livingston Street and hit a tree.

An ambulance rushed the driver to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The victim was later identified as Martin Nieves, 33. His wife and child's names were not released.
How terrible. The article goes on to detail how Nieves' son was screaming Poppy as a witness came to help.

There are two things that bug me about this article. First there is the headline.

Wife, toddler see man shot to death

Man? They saw the husband/father shot to death. There is no excuse for this dumb headline for the word toddler is easily changed to son or child which would allow more space for the word father.

Then there's also this from Orlando Sentinel writer Willoughby Mariano.

"Poppy! Poppy!" the boy screamed as the driver lay bleeding in his seat, said a witness who arrived just after the shooting. The witness, 31, would not give her full name.

When the witness arrived, the mother was holding her son and crying as she spoke into a cell phone. The witness said she thought the incident was a car crash until she saw that the driver was bleeding from his abdomen.

The witness tried to comfort the man while another person took his pulse and fought to keep him awake.
Driver? Man? Look how dehumanizing and impersonal this writing is. Martin Nieves was a father and husband, not a driver. I guess this is modern journalism, a baby is a fetus in today's press. The MSM likes to be politically correct, but they instead are dead wrong in their descriptions. Does anyone besides me see the irony?

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