Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Great Moments in Headline Writing

"Not Guilty Verdicts in Florida Terror Trial Are Setback for U.S."

No. They may be setbacks for individuals in the Justice Department, or for the members of the Bush administration (I'll except the shorthand "Justice Department" or "Bush administration.) They aren't setbacks for the "U.S." unless you either define the "U.S." as the "executive branch" or if the headline writer thinks s/he knows something the jury in the cases didn't.