Attila the Pun
Thursday, December 30, 2004

An Associated Press double today.

First up, a story regarding the potentially catastrophic damage caused to the Maldives by the tsunami. Being the AP however, we only make it to the second paragraph before this appears:

The archipelago of 1190 low-lying coral islands, dotted across hundreds of kilometres of ocean, has for years begged bigger, more powerful nations to act on global warming, fearing higher sea levels could swallow up much of its territory.

The relevance of this being what exactly? But it gets better. After going through the tragic effects that the tsunami may have on a country with a GDP of only $850 million, we get this:

Although there was no direct link between climate change and the tsunami, which was caused by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, the world's largest in 40 years, many Maldivians say irregular weather patterns and erosion by the sea are making the country more vulnerable.

They really are shameless. There isn't even a casual link between the two. The tsunami were caused by an undersea earthquake. Erosion by the sea is caused by erosion by the sea. I have sympathy for the Maldavians - they have been bombarded, by people who really should know better, with claims that the seas will rise and swallow their tiny nation. Thankfully, there is little or no evidence to support this.

In other AP related news, we have this:

Six Navy SEALs and the wives of two commandos have filed a lawsuit accusing The Associated Press of invasion of privacy and endangering lives by distributing pictures of them with Iraqi prisoners.

The lawsuit asserts that the photos, showing the SEALs' faces, have been shown on al-Jazeera, the pan-Arab television network, and also on anti-American billboards outside the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

As a result, lawyer James Huston said the SEALs' lives were endangered because their identities, which the navy went to great lengths to conceal, were now known.

If I were this guy:

The wire service issued a statement supporting the reporter, Seth Hettena, assigned to the San Diego bureau, and his use of the photos in a December 4 story about possible abuse of prisoners.

I would probably rather that *my* identity were concealed, rather than be known as the guy who endangered the lives of 6 rather angry SEALS....

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