The effort is underway to portray the execution of cop killer Troy Davis as a worldwide outrage. We can hardly be surprised that the usual abolitionist outlets are lathered up, but might have hoped that allegedly mainstream networks like CNN would do some fact-checking before joining the party.
Here's the CNN headline: World shocked by U.S. execution of Troy Davis
There's only one thing wrong with the CNN story, that being that it says absolutely nothing about "the world." It notes that an EU official learned "with deep regret" of the execution, and that there were protests in England, France and Germany.
That's it. Three countries. I had not previously been aware that the "world" consisted of three countries, or of all Europe for that matter. Some of us thought the "world" consisted of other places including Africa, the Mideast, the Subcontinent, the Orient and North America -- every one of which, unlike Europe, has and uses the death penalty, and some of which use it much more frequently than we do.
Maybe I should send CNN a globe.
P.S. There are actually 196 countries in the world, and the four largest of them -- China, India, the United States and Indonesia -- all use the death penalty.