Anatomy of media denial in response to an Islamic terror attack


Mainstream-MediaUPDATE: And as if by magic, a perfect example comes along here!

News: “Car runs down pedestrians.”

Media: “Tragic accident. No indication this was terror-related.”

News: “Man driving car made no attempt to stop.”

Media: “He may have suffered a medical emergency. No indication this was terror-related.”

News: “Man exited the vehicle and stabbed several passers by.”

Media: “He has mental health issues. No indication this was terror-related.”

News: “Man was named Mohammed (or Abdul, or Saeed or Man Haron or something)”

Media: “He was on drugs. No indication this was terror-related.”

News: “Man was of Middle Eastern appearance, dressed in white robe and long beard”.

Media: “This was a lone wolf attack. No indication this was linked to any terror organisation”

News: “Man yelled ‘Allahu Akbar‘ as he was stabbing people”

Media: “That phrase is the beautiful call to prayer of the Islamic faith and has nothing to do with terrorism. No indication this was linked to any terror organisation”

News: “Man’s Facebook page contained numerous posts and links to Islamic State.”

Media: “He was radicalised on the internet. No indication that this was linked to any terror organisation.”

News: “He attended mosque immediately before the attack”

Media: “We must be careful not to provoke a ‘backlash’ against Muslims [which never happens]. So stop talking please. And, no indication that this was linked to any terror organisation.”

News: “Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack.”

Media: “IS often claim responsibility for unconnected attacks to raise their media profile. No indication that this was linked to any terror organisation”

News: “Man had copy of Qur’an in his car…”

Media: “This was a misinterpretation of the peaceful message of Islam by a disturbed individual. No indication this was linked to any terror organisation.”

News: “…open at 9:29, highlighted in yellow with ‘Do this’ written on it…”

Media: [tumbleweed]

News: “Man had recently travelled to Middle East and met with top IS operatives to discuss possible attacks in the West.”

Media: “Er…”

News: “Man’s phone contained messages from IS operatives specific to the incident.”

Media: “OK, this was a terrorist attack.”

Comments

  1. Apparently Police are ignorant to the fact that some terrorists drink:

    http://www.nodrinking.com/terrorists-who-drink-alcohol/

    (that is not to say the incident *was* terror-related; just foolish to completely discount it on the basis that he was drinking)

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