UK Media Watch prompts apology & correction to claim Nice is 1st terror attack on kids

Yesterday, we posted about a Telegraph op-ed by Bryony Gordon (Now they have come for families, July 16) on the Nice terror attack which claimed that the truck-ramming assault that killed at least 84 people (including 10 children) represented the first time in the West that jihadists targeted children.  

As we noted, however, Nice did not in fact represent the first terror attack on kids ‘in the West’

In 2012, three Jewish children (ages 3, 6 and 8) and one adult were brutally murdered by Mohammed Merah in a jihadist attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.

Following our post, we tweeted Ms. Gordon, asking for a comment.  

Quite admirably, she responded by acknowledging the error and apologizing in two tweets.

We also contacted Telegraph editors asking for a correction.

They responded by acknowledging the error and revising the passage in question.  The sentence “But in the western world, it is a monstrous first” has been removed from the op-ed.

We commend both Ms. Gordon and the Telegraph for the apology and correction.

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  1. The elephant in the room is the belief expressed by Western Journos, which is that Palestinian/Arab violence against Jews is somehow expected, accepted, and reasoned as part of the Cycle of Violence. Never mind that lone wolf Jews don’t storm schools and shoot kids to make a point on the Middle East status quo.

    I don’t think the reporter is Evil, but I do think the Media and Western Bureaucrats have lost their way BIG TIME, and they really haven’t shown an interest in getting back on track. Shame on them.

    • In this case, the writer was far more forthcoming than the Telegraph, which deleted rather than corrected.