Kim Gamel of the AP has a story about Islamic Extremism: Iraqi Athletes Killed for Wearing Shorts.
Here’s the first paragraph:
An Iraqi tennis coach and two of his players were shot to death this week in Baghdad because they were wearing shorts, authorities said Saturday, reporting the latest in a series of recent attacks attributed to Islamic extremists.
Which is quickly followed by…the second paragraph:
A U.S. Marine AH-1 Cobra helicopter, meanwhile, crashed Saturday and its two crew members were missing in Anbar province, a volatile area west of the capital where insurgents are active. Hostile fire was not suspected as the cause of the crash, the U.S. military said.
So what, exactly, does a probable military helicopter accidental crash in Anbar have to do with a Iraqi tennis team being targeted for wearing shorts in Baghdad?
Gamel also throws in several other subjects, including the obligatory “Body Count Mantra”:
The U.S. military also reported that a Marine was killed Friday by “enemy action” in Anbar province. The death raised to at least 2,466 the number of U.S. military personnel who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
The islamic extremist killings is a big enough story in itself. Why garnish it with all these other unrelated stories?