Navy destroyer in Sea of Japan: A sideways collision or more fake news?

Navy destroyer in Sea of Japan: A sideways collision or more fake news? American ThinkerBrian C. Joondeph, June 17, 2017

(Please see also, Collision At Sea – U.S.S. Fitzgerald Collides With Cargo Container Ship ACX Crystal Off Coast of Japan… This article provides substantially more detailed information. Clearly, the container ship crashed into the Navy vessel, perhaps on purpose. — DM)

Yesterday’s news, aside from the usual Trump obstructing, colluding, and making money on his investments, included a ship collision. As described by ABC, a “Navy destroyer collides with container ship off coast of Japan.” NBC had a similar headline, “Navy destroyer collides with ship off Japan.”

Fox News worded their headline a little differently, “US Navy involved in collision.” As did CNN saying, “Navy destroyer collision off Japan.”

It was a terrible accident as US sailors are missing and potentially injured or worse, but my point is regarding the choice of words describing what happened.

The dictionary definition of collide is “to hit something violently.” Something hits something else. A verb. Seems straightforward. The word collision is a noun, an event that occurred. Not clear is what hit what.

Two of the above mention stories uses the word “collision”, which is clearly what happened yesterday. Two other stories used the word “collide”, meaning one ship hit the other ship. The headlines, by saying the US Navy ship collided with the Japanese container ship, imply that the Navy ship hit the container ship.

What do the pictures say? This first photo is of the US Navy destroyer.

The second photo is of the Japanese cargo ship. Both photos courtesy of the Associated Press.

Seems the cargo ship had bow damage while the destroyer was smashed along its side.  Given that ships move in a forward direction, not sideways, isn’t it fairly obvious which ship hit the other one?  In a car collision, if one car had front bumper damage and the other had side door damage, it would be clear which car hit the other.

Wording is important.  Sky News ran a headline, “USS Fitzgerald collides with cargo ship.”  NPR says, “Navy destroyer collision with merchant vessel.”  The verb versus the noun.  One assigning fault, the other not.

There will be plenty of time to assign cause and blame in this tragic accident, but how hard is it to accurately report what occurred without implying cause that is contradicted by the photos?

Maybe I’m being picky here, but given the proliferation of fake news, this caught my attention.  Words are important and carry implications.  Remember George Zimmerman as the “white Hispanic”?

It’s Donald Trump’s Navy now.  If the Navy does wrong, it must be Trump’s fault.  For some media outlets, the reporting bias is that the blame must somehow flow to him.  Much like how CNN blames him for the Alexandria baseball field shooting this week.


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5 Comments on “Navy destroyer in Sea of Japan: A sideways collision or more fake news?”

  1. wingate Says:

    I assume the situation with the (global) media is the result of the efforts of the BHO gang.
    They used the 8 yrs in the WH to prepare a coup d’etat – now they carry out their plan.. .

    I suggest to Start talking about this – then how to stop it.
    Its not comfortable to deal with Ugly things –
    But if one shies Away – it can be lethal…

  2. wingate Says:

    How is it possible that the destroyer didnt see the huge + slow moving container ship on the radars?

    Maybe the BHO gang asked a Sailor for a little Favour…..

  3. Bodies of the seven missing U.S. sailors have been found.

    A search for seven missing sailors had been begun after the collision between the Fitzgerald and the Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal, which is about four times the size of the destroyer, happened about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka at 2:30 a.m. local time. The collision tore into the starboard side of the destroyer’s superstructure above and below the waterline, and sailors spent hours fighting flooding in two berthing compartments, a machinery space and radio room, the Navy said. [Emphasis added}

    The Fitzgerald was towed back to base in Yokosuka, and Saturday evening a statement from the U.S. 7th Fleet said that the bodies of seven dead sailors were found in a berthing area of the vessel below the waterline. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the sailors had drowned.

    “They are currently being transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka where they will be identified. The families are being notified and being provided the support they need during this difficult time. The names of the Sailors will be released after all notifications are made,” the statement read.</blockquote

    • joopklepzeiker Says:

      Tragic “accident” or something else , a naval ship filled with top notch equipment and crew and very maneuverable got hit ?

      perhaps a question of ego,s and the right of way .

  4. david Says:

    perhaps some RULES OF THE ROAD were poorly executed by both ships. were ALL the ships navigation lights functioning? did the CONTAINER SHIP lose sight of the smaller NAVY DESTROYER, because of ALL the containers on its deck? was the CONTAINER ship fully manned, with qualified BRIDGE WATCH PERSONNEL? the NAVY SHIP had at least 5 to 7 personnel on duty on the bridge, probably.

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