Looking at the photo atop this post on Tim Blair’s blog, you see what appears to be a happy couple in their late-30s or early-40s, living near Buffalo, NY. She’s certainly attractive, with long dark hair, expensively coifed. He’s a little on the heavy side, obviously from too many expensive meals out, but his loosely-cut Brooks Brothers blue blazer, floral tie and the long points on the white collar of his business shirt help to downplay his girth. Who wouldn’t want to have a couple that looks like this as their neighbor?
Then you read the caption—or as Hot Air puts it:
Man who started TV network to improve Muslims’ image beheads wife
And naturally, as with the “honor killings” in Dallas in late 2007, don’t expect much from the local media exploring the root causes of such barbarism. Or as Michelle Malkin rhetorically asks, “Do you think this will get as much attention from the MSM as, say, the Ted Haggard scandal or Pat Robertson’s Teletubbies remarks?”
Instead, expect such lame media quotes as this:
“Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible,” Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said today.
It’s Anthony Burgess’ world; we’re just living (and dying) in it.
Update: Related thoughts from Roger Kimball.
More: Mark Steyn spots a “Headless body in gutless press” and, pondering the entirely expected lack of curiosity from the legacy media, quips, “Just asking, but are beheadings common in western New York?”