I don’t normally write about current news items, but I found humor in some of the news reporting yesterday about the shooting at the Holocaust Museum. (The shooting was not funny; the humor is in the reporting.) I’ve mentioned before what I think of news reporting.
A couple of articles yesterday identified the shooter as an “88-year-old Neo-Nazi.” Neo means “new.” So they’re saying this crazy guy is an old new Nazi. Is that like jumbo shrimp? I would think, at 88 years old, he’s probably an old school Nazi. And what, exactly, is the difference between a regular old Nazi and a neo Nazi?
I heard a reporter on the radio mention how several people he spoke with, who had been in the museum at the time of the incident, said they were “terrified” when they heard the gun shots. This journalist reported that people were terrified of gunshots in a museum? Ya think?
And then best of all, on ABC News, “Two other guards returned fire and wounded the alleged gunman.” Alleged gunman? They weren’t sure it was the actual gunman they were shooting at?
Sometimes getting news is less useful than not knowing.