24 July 2011

Mental note to "the" media

When there's a terrorist attack and many people are dead.....

Don't tell us, or suggest to us, that it's an Islamic terrorist and put it on the front page until we have actually ascertained that it is, or some crazy Muslim claims they had a hand in it, something that verifies these latent biases and suspicions. Because the sort of right-wing nutjobs who actually want a clash of Islam and the West (on both sides of that "divide") are the same people telling us that "all terrorists are Muslims", or worse "all Muslims are terrorists" and other pieces of lovely sounding bullshit that can be debunked in about two seconds if one has the care to examine the evidence.

My immediate reaction after hearing about the Norway incident was very much like "Oklahoma City". And in turn my reaction on the news media was very much like this

"...I remember Oklahoma when they put out the blaze
And put Islamic terrorist bombing, on the front page
It's like saying only gays get AIDS, propaganda..."

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