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"Muslim bomber guilty of killing 17" reads the sensationalized title for a CNN story about a series of bombings that happened in Mumbai, India, in 1993.

Did the bomber happen to be Muslim? Yes. The article even explains what they believe to be the motivation:

... revenge for the demolition of a 16th century mosque in northern India by Hindu nationalists.

My concern with this type of reporting is its inflammatory nature. We are constantly being barraged by the right-wing in the U.S. about a clash of civilizations (i.e., Western Civilization vs. Muslims "Extremists".)

While the bomber may be Muslim and his motivation may be religious, the bombings were a crime and they were carried out by people. I do not object, necessarily to delving into the bombers religious motivations in the body of the article, but it is a well-known fact that people decide which articles to read based on headlines and in today's climate, "Muslim bomber" is just unwarranted sensationalism. If you doubt the importance of headlines, consider that CNN operates a separate network called CNN Headline News for people who lack the attention span to read a whole article.; and, all U.S. news networks have tickers at the bottom of their screens that display nothing but headlines.

End of rant. The story can be found here.

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