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March 22, 2012

The 'Motive Mystery' and the Four Stages of Media Denial

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media, International News

As the media once again moves into "no-motive land" following the mass murder of Jewish children and French soldiers in Toulouse, Tim Blair offers up a perfect perspective on the media's farcical exercises in denial:

When Nidal Malik Hasan murdered 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009, the media went into standard Prebyterian protection mode:
The motive for the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage that has left America reeling is still unclear.
This was despite Hasan yelling "Allahu Akbar" before commencing his rampage. As D.G. Myers points out, we're again in no-motive land following the mass murder of Jewish children and French soldiers in Toulouse:

There was "no clear motive" for the attacks, the New York Times said in an early draft of its story on the shooting at Colle'ge et Lyce'e Ozar Hatorah on Monday. In later versions, after an outcry of disbelief, this was self-protectively revised to read: "Speculation over the motives for the killings ranged from anger at Muslims fighting in Afghanistan -- the unit of three of the soldiers has been deployed there -- and anti-Semitism, to a hatred of immigrants."

Subsequent NYT coverage remains evasive:

In reporting that "French Police Say They Have Cornered Suspect in School Shooting," the New York Times earlier today described Merah as a "French national of Algerian descent," carefully avoiding any mention of his religion. After saying that Merah "told negotiators that he belonged to Al Qaeda," and after identifying his motives at last ("the attacks were meant to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest French military deployments abroad"), the Times went on to reveal that Merah "called himself a mujahedeen [sic]," which the newspaper helpfully translated as a "freedom fighter." (Because, you know, to shoot Jewish schoolchildren in the head at close range is obviously to strike a blow for freedom.)
As Mark Steyn notes, we're again working our way through the four stages of media denial. It's an intriguing process. Meanwhile, Mohammed "No Motive" Merah is still holed up in his completely un-Islamic apartment. Click for live -- and eventually dead -- coverage.
Clearly, the media would go a long way toward solving their "motive mystery" by paying attention to the words of Muslims like Dr. Ahmad al-Baghdadi, one of Kuwait's best known liberal activists and Islamic scholars, and Egyptian writer Ahmad Al-Aswani. They have no problem identifying 'Islamic extremism' for what it is - Islamic extremism.

And the media would also go a long way toward solving their "motive mystery" from what Dr. Sami Alrabaa has to say about the violence, hate, and discrimination in the Muslims, the Quran, and Islam:

That the vast majority of Muslims have not read or digested the Koran has two major implications. First, if rational, modern-thinking Muslims read the Koran thoroughly, they would desert Islam. They would argue that God cannot incite to hatred and violence. The Koran cannot be the "word of God." Second, if simple-minded Muslims read the Koran and digested it, they would stick to the above "commandments" and we would have more radical and extremist Muslims around the world.
Related:
French police: Toulouse jihad gunman is dead
France: Jihadist gunman had been under surveillance, under arrest in Afghanistan
Is New York Times Protecting Muslim Terrorists & Vilifying Christians, Conservatives?

Posted by Hyscience at March 22, 2012 7:10 AM



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