Iran Flight 655
Selective Outrage Award: New York Times
The New York Times (7/22/14 ) took a firm editorial position when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, allegedly by Russian-backed separatists: "Whoever unleashed a lethal missile not knowing how to distinguish between a military and a civilian plane is not only irresponsible and stupid, but a war criminal."
The Times (7/5/88 ) took an equally firm, but diametrically opposed, editorial position when the US Navy shot down Iran Air 655 over the Persian Gulf: “While horrifying, it was nonetheless an accident. On present evidence, it’s hard to see what the Navy could have done to avoid it.”
A few years earlier, when the Soviet Union shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, the Times (9/2/83 ) sounded a lot like it did about the Malaysian plane: "There is no conceivable excuse for any nation shooting down a harmless airliner." Unless, of course, that nation is the United States.