The perpetual blindness and denial on the part of the left wing media regarding the reality of Islamic terror is not new. In fact, it goes as far back as the first attempted World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
YES BUT HOWEVER has uncovered footage of an on-air commentary delivered by John Chancellor, at that time the “dean of anchors” at NBC News. Chancellor, proving that thirty-plus years in the news business doesn’t automatically give a newsman good instincts, was quick to claim that the most likely culprit behind the attack (which killed six and injured over one thousand) was a disgruntled “home grown” nutcase. Chancellor hit all of the mainstream media’s favorite talking points, deriding America as an inherently “violent nation”, and dismissing the likelihood that the blast was in any way terror-related.
Exactly two days later, the FBI arrested a Muslim immigrant who rented a van used in the bombing. That arrest led to the exposure of a large network of Muslim terrorists who planned and carried out the attack.
The Chancellor commentary demonstrates not only a longstanding tradition of denial and ignorance regarding Islamic terrorism, but also the frustrating fact that the media, and many of our political leaders, simply refuse to learn the lessons of history.
In December 1992, two months before the WTC attack, Israel’s then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin issued a plea to the world to open its eyes to the danger of Islamic terror. His words were chillingly prophetic:
“Our struggle against murderous Islamic terror is also meant to awaken the world, which is lying in slumber. We call on all nations, all peoples to devote their attention to the great danger inherent in Islamic fundamentalism. This is a real and serious danger that threatens world peace in future years. And just as Israel was the first to perceive the Iraqi nuclear threat, so today we stand on the line of fire against the danger of fundamentalist Islam.”
And what was the response of the mainstream press to Rabin’s words? A January 2nd article in the Los Angeles Times belittled and ridiculed Rabin’s views (the article was titled “Israel Sees Self Defending West Against Militants,” with the sub-heading “Tel Aviv calls itself the ‘first target’ of Islamic fundamentalists with aims beyond the region.) Critics say such talk ‘demonizes’ a religion.” (But they don’t care if the religion is Christianity)
17 years later, nothing has changed. Following the May 1st discovery of a failed car bomb in New York’s Times Square, the unfounded speculation by most anchors, pundits, and politicians was that the bomb was the work of a lone “domestic terrorist” as typified by the inane exchange between CBS anchor Katie Couric and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in which the latter hypothesized that the would-be bomber was a right-wing “home grown” terrorist who “doesn’t like the health care bill or something”
Seventeen years, and little has changed regarding the mainstream media’s attitude and response to Islamic terrorism. If the Couric/Bloomberg exchange seemed absurd a month ago, when viewed through the prism of history, it’s absolutely terrifying.