I'm sure this reporter thought he was being rather clever.
This week, The Cochrane Times, a weekly publication out of Alberta, Canada, ran a story about visitors from the Japanese National High School Wrestling Team defeating a local team. The best way to describe the match, of course, was to liken the Japanese wrestlers' win to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Cochrane Times compares Japanese wrestling win to Pearl Harbor
Seriously, it's been over seventy years, and that is the best you can do? The reporter, Patrick Price, invokes the Pearl Harbor reference in his very first paragraph. Couldn't wait to bust that one out:
"They saw, they came, they conquered. Japan has never had such an easy time of it since their surprise attack on Pearl Harbour as the Japanese National High School Wrestling Team invaded the home of the Cowboys Wrestling Club at Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Center, Jan. 5, and annihilated their competition."Yes, let's compare a high school wrestling match to the death of 2,400 Americans. At the very least, it's in sorely bad taste. Nobody thought this was a bad idea? Apparently not. Cochrane Times editor Noel Edey doesn't see any problem with the article and says the writer was "simply making a simile."
More here: No eyebrows were raised during the editing of this lede?