“Saudis reject Senate resolutions on Khashoggi, Yemen”, according to a Politico headline. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/17/saudi-arabia-senate-resolutions-khashoggi-yemen-1067076
I started out as a journalist and I am tired of reading incorrect and/or misleading headlines.
When newspapers were one of our primary sources of news, headlines were limited to a specific number of characters. Headlines were clear, concise and occasionally clever.
In a rare slap down to President Kaos, the U.S. Senate actually passed two resolutions last week castigating long-time ally Saudi Arabia.
Accepting CIA intell, the U.S. Senate publicly blamed the Saudis (specifically Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman) for the murder in a Saudi consulate of Washington Post columnist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi. The House also passed this resolution. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/69/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Khashoggi%22%5D%7D&r=4&s=2
Another resolution requires American withdrawal of military support for the devastating war that the Saudis launched in Yemen. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/54/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22Yemen%22%5D%7D&r=9&s=1 Unfortunately, under the spineless leadership of Paul Ryan, the House blocked a vote on this Resolution.
Politico’s headline about the Saudis reaction to the Senate resolutions misstates the Saudi’s relationship to the United States. Another country cannot “reject” a U.S. Senate resolution. It may condemn the resolution, or as the Politico lede stated, it may denounce the resolution, but the Saudis do not have the power or authority to reject U.S. legislative acts.
Politico is in the business of educating readers about national and international affairs. It’s a disservice to mislead its audience.