With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, the news media will be all over this story. But the perpetrators of the slaughter will be treated with perverse respect, and simple, plain truth-telling will be avoided — just in case anyone out there is inclined to claim that the reporters and their networks are anti-Islam.
NY POST – Listen for how the innocent dead are addressed. We will hear that they “died,” that they “perished,” that they were “lost” and that they were “killed” on 9/11. We will hear that they were victims of a tragedy, a cataclysmic horror.
But one fact will go largely unspoken. We will not hear that they were murdered.
How often have you heard that indisputable truth spoken on newscasts since 9/11? How often have you heard that the 2,977 innocents who died on 9/11 were “victims of a mass murder”?
And it’s unlikely that you’ll hear that much in the 9/11 remembrances, overviews and personal profiles that TV will present, day and night, over the next month.
Although the 9/11 murderers were driven by their radicalized, insane interpretation of their religion, the Western news media applies an inherent sensitivity toward Islamic extremists in their careful refusal to deal with and report the plainest, clearest — and ugliest — of facts.
If you’ve listened to CNN’s reports about the Islamic-American US Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, who murdered 13 and wounded 32 at Fort Hood in November 2009, you wouldn’t know that the overwhelming evidence points to his inspiration as his “duty to Islam.”
Armed with an FN Five-Seven semi-automatic, which he’d fitted with two Lasermax sights, Hasan, according to witnesses, bowed his head in prayer, then went about doing “God’s work.” But CNN would have the world think that he was just some regular G.I. Joe who had a bad day.
Imagine if he’d been an American white supremacist who opened fire on Muslims . . .The news media have never had a problem pointing to Lt. William Calley, of Vietnam War infamy, as a murderer, the perp in a massacre of innocent men, women and children.
The same evil designation is applied to Timothy McVeigh, Richard Speck, the Columbine High School gun kids and Jared Lee Loughner, the gunman who murdered six and wounded 13, including Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, this past January near Tucson.
The media have no trouble distinguishing the innocent dead in those massacres as victims of murder.
But the 9/11 murder-massacre victims, for the polite, politically delicate way in which their deaths have been characterized, could have been killed in several airplane accidents that occurred that Tuesday, or in the accidental fires and building collapses that followed.
But that’s not what happened. They were murdered by Islamic lunatics. They didn’t simply die, they weren’t simply killed and they didn’t simply perish on 9/11. They were murdered.