AP/MSNBC.com Float Odd Headline for Bush Decision on Navy Sonar

"Bush allows Navy to use sonar in whale areas," blares the headline to an AP story on MSNBC.com about President Bush granting the Navy the right to continue to test mid-frequency active sonar in coastal waters despite a federal court judge's order for the Navy to stop.

"Judge had earlier ordered 12-mile no-sonar zone off California," reads the subhead.

Gee, I wasn't aware that whales had legal claims on U.S. coastal waters, let alone that they are considered "whale areas."

The issue at hand is whether environmental laws can and should be shelved from time to time for national security exemptions, and if the president can make that determination as commander-in-chief. So why not a headline that's more straightforward?

Perhaps this:

"Bush allows Navy to use sonar in coastal waters. Decision challenges court ruling aimed at protecting whales."

Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd
Ken Shepherd is a writer living in New Carrollton, Md.