You’ve seen how our enlightened news media and progressive westerners go out of their way to avoid casting Islam as inherently dangerous or even extreme in its nature, despite the ever increasing number of deaths resulting from Muslim extremism. Do other acts of violence get this white washing treatment? Where is all that “understanding” we are supposed to practice?
NYT Sees Danger After ‘Christian Extremist’ Attack in Norway, But ‘Understanding’ for 2005 Muslim Bombers of London
July 25, 2011 by Clay Waters
Sunday’s front-page, over-the-fold New York Times headline on the massacre in Norway (over a story by Scott Shane and Steven Erlanger) was blunt: “As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist – Manifesto Shows Plan of Attack, Fear of Islam.”
But while the Times showed no reluctance to identify Anders Behring Breivik, the lone gunman in the Norway attacks, as a “Christian extremist” in a front-page headline and hinted at more danger from “right-wing extremists” in Europe (photo credit Jon-Are Berg-Jacobsen/Agence France-Presse) the paper previously showed a clear reluctance to identify Islam after the last major terrorist attack on Europe, the deadly July 7, 2005 attacks by Muslim terrorists on subways and buses in London that killed 52. Instead the Times treated the attacks as British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s “bitter harvest” for following President George W. Bush into Iraq.
As more information about the London attacks came, a July 9, 2005 story focused on a theory “that the plot was carried out by a sleeper cell of homegrown extremists rather than highly trained terrorists exported to Britain.” But what kind of extremists? The Times left out the words “Islam” and “Muslim.” (“Muslim” showed up only in a quote, and without context.)
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Networks Trumpet News of ‘Christian’ Killer, But Balked Over Labeling Muslim Violence
July 25, 2011 by Scott Whitlock
The three major networks trumpeted the news this weekend that the man behind a mass shooting spree in Norway is also a Christian, highlighting the fact in eight different programs from Saturday through Monday.
The July 25 New York Times used page one to declare, “As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist.” Yet, these same journalistic outlets were far more reticent to identify the religion of past Islamic killers.
On Saturday’s Good morning America, Miguel Marquez trumpeted, “Police have identified the shooter as a 32-year-old Norwegian and Christian fundamentalist.” He made sure to note Anders Breivik’s “right-wing” and “anti-Muslim” views.
On Saturday’s World News, Pierre Thomas informed, “His ideology? Religious conservative.” A screen shot of Breivik’s Facebook page read “Christian.” Martin Fletcher on Saturday’s Today freely related that the website illuminated the fact that “he’s conservative…he’s Christian.”
Breivik has been charged with going on a shooting rampage in Oslo, Norway. The death toll is currently in the mid-70s.
There are a number of examples, however, where journalists weren’t quite so interested in a killer’s religion.
In June of 2011, when Muslim Yonathan Melaku was caught in Arlington Cemetery with suspicious material and a notebook praising the Taliban, the networks him simply as “the suspect,” “a 22-year old Ethiopian American” and a “lone wolf.”
On November 05, 2009, CBS’ Evening News and NBC’s Nightly News both failed to identify Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as a member of Islam.
The morning shows on November 6 did note Hasan’s faith, but on GMA, then-host Diane Sawyer worried, “We heard Martha Raddatz say last night that the wife of a soldier said ‘I wish his name had been Smith,’ so no one would have a reflexive question about [a religious motive].”
This is an often repeated theme in the wake of extremist Islamic violence. Appearing on the November 2, 2010 Stephanie Miller radio show to talk about the Times Square bombing, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer fretted, “I get frustrated…There was part of me that was hoping this was not going to be anybody with ties to any kind of Islamic country.”
Thus far, network hosts have not worried about how Breivik’s Christianity could negatively impact members of that religion.
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