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Thursday, November 27, 2008
What the msm can't bring itself to say: M-U-S-L-I-M
My google news search for the exact phrase "Muslim terrorists" occurring in a story that also contained the word "Mumbai" resulted in 12,200 hits this morning, of which none on the first few pages was from a mainstream media outlet.
Take out the word "Muslim," however, and you get 763,000 hits. But, surely, the religious background of the terrorists is crucial to understanding the import of the story, not only in relation to Indian affairs (where Muslim-Hindu relations have played a crucial role in the country's history since its founding) but also in relation to international affairs, where, of course, the rise of extremist Muslim terrorism is (or should be) a preeminent concern of liberty-loving individuals and nations.
Typical of the msm's reluctance to do their job by precisely revealing the nature of the terrorists is this Vancouver Sun story. Actually, the story probably isn't typical, because it doesn't even use the word "terrorist," instead opting for "gunmen." The word "terrorist" occurs only in a direct quote. Disgraceful.
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Not doing their job? why? Because they don't use the exact phrase "Muslim terrorists"? Do you have evidence the MSM does not as to who exactly is responsible here? The AP reports:
"Despite claims from an Islamic militant group taking credit for the attacks, a U.S. counterterrorism official cautioned that the chaos in Mumbai prevented a quick read on the attacks. The targets and sophistication of the attacks put Islamic extremists high on the list of likely suspects, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence."
So the US government is saying that the identity of the attackers is uncertain, but "Islamic extremists" are named singled out as the likely source. Furthermore, CNN reports, "Several Indian news outlets reported receiving e-mails from a group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen, claiming responsibility for the attacks. CNN was not able to verify the reports." So the specific group that seems to have claimed responsibility has been reported. Looks like good reporting to me.
I only have seen MSM reports of this story and I have no doubt that some sort of Islamic group is being clearly identified as the likely culprit. What more do you want? The xenophobic vitriol of the blogosphere? No thanks. I'll just take the facts. There is nothing your post tells me that the MSM didn't already.
Posted by: Fact Check | 2008-11-27 9:07:12 AM
When are these terrorist cokeheads going to realize that this kind of indiscriminate slaughter hurts, not helps, their cause? If people want to know why the U.S. often involves itself in petty squabbles between foreigners, it's because in the jet and Internet age those squabbles have a way of spreading far beyond their borders.
Fifty American states get along in peace and harmony, as do ten Canadian provinces and three territories. I really don't see why the rest of the world cannot do the same.
Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2008-11-27 10:01:18 AM
"Fifty American states get along in peace and harmony, as do ten Canadian provinces and three territories. I really don't see why the rest of the world cannot do the same."
That is an easy question to answer ... The rest of the world does not share white man's Christian values. If you pay attention to rest of the world we are the scum of the planet responsible for all misery everywhere.
But just hang in there ... the violent left progressive, Marxist, atheist and homosexual groups are doing what they can to take it all down. Pretty soon we will be in harmony with the rest of the world.
The rest of world knows better ... that's why.
Posted by: John V | 2008-11-27 10:20:37 AM
Oh, and to Fact Check who thinks the MSM reports accurately ... IT IS Islamic terrorists who are behind the attacks in India.
They won't state it because of the insanity of political correctness or fear of the often violent Muslim community.
Posted by: John V | 2008-11-27 10:25:18 AM
Right you are John V. It is impossible to deal effectively with an enemy when you refuse to identify him. Now just imagine if these terrorists had belonged to some radical Hindu, Christian, Jewish or Buddhist group, does anyone honestly think that MSM would have refused to identify them as such?
As for the Americans, it seems FC is unaware that their official policy (launched by the State Dept. under Bush and Rice) is to avoid using terrorist in relation to Islam and to avoid any reference to jihadists.
Posted by: Alain | 2008-11-27 11:58:50 AM
One thing about this muslim terrorist atrocity in Mumbai: The Indian government, when they catch them and break up their ring, are not going to administer a slap on the wrist. There will be quick death waiting for them when they are caught. The Indians are not politically correct.
Posted by: DCM | 2008-11-27 1:45:20 PM
There will be quick death waiting for them when they are caught. The Indians are not politically correct.
Posted by: DCM | 27-Nov-08 1:45:20 PM
While India still has the death penalty on the books it rarely uses it. One person has been executed since 1995. Texas has carried out 16 this year. Get your facts straight.
Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-27 1:55:56 PM
Forget the quick death route .. I would prefer to see them kept alive and in great, great pain.
Posted by: John V | 2008-11-27 2:36:10 PM
Calgary Herald calls Islamic terrorists exactly that.
And from here on out, I refuse to capitalize the word "islamic".
Posted by: epsilon | 2008-11-27 5:50:46 PM
Oh come on guys - we all know it was US and British Special Forces who did this. Halliburton and Bush ordered them to do it in order to drive their stock prices up.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-27 6:31:32 PM
You got a source for that, ZP. I smell a Pulitzer. :-)
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-11-27 6:51:04 PM
I have resolved to never mention the Left without the adjective 'violent'. The are the violent side of the political spectrum. It is they who attack and assault those they don't agree with. It is they who are the intimidating force on the streets. Do you think aggressive pan-handlers vote conservative? Do you think thieving drug addicts vote conservative? Do you thing the faggots in San Fran who are rioting and attacking churches vote conservative? Do the rent a protest crowd who smash windows whenever their is some sort of political event in say ... Seattle? etc. How about the liberal voting union thugs of society?
You don't see violence and intimidation from conservatives. They are the well-behaved adults of society. It is the left who will violate anyone with whom they disagree whether it's a physical attack or a CHRC attack on your reputation, wallet and sensibilities. The left cannot stand to be disagreed with. That is ultra childish behavior. They all need a good spanking.
The Left is violent by nature and therefore I will call them 'the violent left'. let us always call a spade a spade.An islamic terrorist is a spade ... so let us always say so until they get a grip on themselves and start behaving like members of the human race instead of feces tossing monkeys.
It's a good thing that the left generally has a pathological fear of firearms. Can you imagine what they would be like if they didn't?
Posted by: John V | 2008-11-27 7:09:52 PM
Matt: oddly enough it's pure speculation. Do I still get my Pulitzer, even an Oscar? Michael Moore got one.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-11-27 7:25:38 PM
Do I still get my Pulitzer, even an Oscar?
Posted by: Zebulon Punk | 27-Nov-08 7:25:38 PM
James Cameron who was born in Ontario won the best director award for Titanic, so you wouldn't want an award that someone from Ontario has, especially as Cameron also is white. You should stick with your bro's and try a win a Black Reel award. Bwahahahahaha
Posted by: The Stig | 2008-11-27 8:11:06 PM
Another thing that bothers me is the immediate attempts to find links to al qaeda. We're to believe that only the most extreme of the lot is ever capable of violence. Truth is, there's a much bigger pool of terrorists in the ranks of Islam. We're not only at war with al qaeda, we're at war with muslims.
Posted by: dp | 2008-11-27 10:18:19 PM
...so this attack in Mumbai wasn't perpetrated by Methodists, or Baptists? Really? because when I first heard of the attack, I automatically thought...it's got to be those christians again!
Posted by: Markalta | 2008-11-27 10:21:20 PM
John V says: "he rest of the world does not share white man's Christian values..."
Sigh... those "christian values" that led to the crusades or burning witches?
"the violent left progressive, Marxist, atheist and homosexual groups are doing what they can to take it all down."
Truly a funny way of showing the forum what a paraniod crazy fool you are!! Atheist and homosexual groups?? Too funny...
"I would prefer to see them kept alive and in great, great pain."
Is that some of that "white man's Christian values" you were talking about??! Way to go JohnV, you've just sunk as low as the terrorists...
Posted by: joe agnost | 2008-11-28 10:44:03 AM
John V just keeps getting funnier: "You don't see violence and intimidation from conservatives."
How do you explain this little gem you typed earlier: "I would prefer to see them kept alive and in great, great pain."
Oh, I know. You're a lefty correct!
Your rant is hilarious! Abortion clinics are bombed - so the bombers MUST be lefties. America invades Iraq for no (good) reason - Bush must be a lefty. Talk about deluded...
Epsilon wrote: "And from here on out, I refuse to capitalize the word 'islamic'."
Ooohhhh... way to stick it to them! I bet they're OUTRAGED! OUTRAGED I say!!
Posted by: joe agnost | 2008-11-28 10:51:17 AM
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