MARCH 19, 2007
On 60 Minutes last night, during the interview of Marine Sergeant Frank Wuterich, staffer Scott Pelley Kept referring to the incident at Haditha, Iraq, where a couple dozen civilians died , as a "massacre."
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary here is the definition of the word "massacre:"
Main Entry: 1mas·sa·cre
Etymology: Middle French
1 : the act or an instance of killing a number of usually helpless or unresisting human beings under circumstances of atrocity or cruelty
2 : a cruel or wanton murder
According to the dictionary a massacre is a pre-planned event.
Maybe Pelley is ignorant of the definition of that word but I doubt it. He is a professional media journalist so it is fair to say he knows exactly what it means, and he knows it WAS NOT a massacre. Why then did he keep repeating that word? Sensationist journalism, that's why. Never mind how damaging the story might be to Wuterich , the Marines, and our country, a sensational story was the objective and the facts be damned. Shameful !!!!!