WASHINGTON, April 20, 2013 — If you wish to defeat an enemy, first clearly identify him. Listening to NBC and the rest of the main-stream media blame what happened in Boston this last week on terrorism was akin to hearing Edward R. Murrow blame WWII on blitzkrieg. While both activities are best described as a military method or tactic, neither are actual enemies.
Two radical muslim terrorists murdered and maimed Americans, and NBC, along with other media outlets, refused to report all the facts clearly. And you wonder why they have no credibility anymore.
The media emphasized the following facts: The terrorists were white, educated in America, and one was an American citizen. They emphasized our gun policy. Then they mixed facts with fantasy: CNN’s Tom Lister claimed that pressure-cooker bombs are “a recipe that has been adopted by extreme right-wing individuals in the United States.” MSNBC interviewed Harvard’s Jessica Stern, who claimed that “it’s also important to recognize that the recipe was shared and lauded by Stormfront, which is a neo-Nazi website.”
They de-emphasized these facts: Tamerlan Tsarnaev had strong ties to Chechnya, and he wasn’t just Muslim, but a devotee of radical Islamist websites and videos.
The end result is that the media have chosen to emphasize the Tsarnaevs’ “whiteness” and their credentials as typical American young men. They want them to be “us” and not “them.”
The main stream media have followed a liberal, ideological party line on the Boston bombing, and they’ve catered to the so called “low information voter.” Their problem is that, unlike the events in Libya last September, this has happened here, and you can’t hide events in Boston that were widely photographed and widely televised the way you can hide events in Libya. Nor can you sit on the story and expect it to go away. When the events happen in an American city during a popular sporting event in front of thousands of cameras, the story has to be pursued to its conclusion.
Even President Obama, the man elected to end our wars in the Middle East and Central Asia and to extricate us from the war on terror, had to admit that this was a terrorist act. NBC, CBS, ABC and the rest of the mainstream media have avoided using the words “Islam” or “Islamic terrorist” to avoid alerting low information voters to the weakness of this administration on national defense. Before the week is over and the press and media are finished, most people will think Obama himself lifted up the tarp on the boat and found the guy.
The reality is that in spite of the media’s best efforts, the information does get out. The people aren’t as uninformed as the media would like them to be, and media dominated by the state are deeply mistrusted. The spontaneous chants of USA! last night by the crowd after the capture of the second bomber were proof that these people knew that the country had been attacked by a foreign ideology and that we had prevailed.
It’s up to the public to demand this perverse censorship stop. Letting this type of “reporting” continue is a clear and present danger to freedom.
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