So now the Norway terrorist was a “right-wing, Christian” extremist?
When it came to light that Anders Behring Breivik was responsible for the heinous acts of terrorism in Norway — which, as of this writing, claimed the lives of 76 people last Friday — the New York Times wasted no time in putting forward a narrative.
Consider a few of these headlines from The Gray Lady:
The Times notes how Breivik followed writers who were critical of Muslim jihadists and their influence, most notably Robert Spencer. The article, written by Scott Shane, suggests that Spencer’s writings and those of others “indirectly fostered the crimes in Norway.” But as Mark Steyn so pointedly asked, “So, if a blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavian kills dozens of other blonde blue-eyed Aryan Scandinavians, that’s now an ‘Islamophobic’ mass murder?” Steyn further notes, “As far as we know, not a single Muslim was among the victims.” But facts be damned. The New York Times has a narrative it must pursue.
Shane’s article also resuscitates the infamous 2009 Department of Homeland Security report which claimed that the combination of the recession and the election of Barack Obama as President would foment right-wing violence in this country. Despite having no evidence to support its assertion, the report repeatedly warned that “returning military veterans” were susceptible to being recruited to unleash another Oklahoma City. Amidst an uproar, the report was subsequently withdrawn by Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano. Despite this report being disavowed, the New York Times is clearly pulling out all the stops on this story.
John Guardiano, my colleague from The American Spectator, also cites a couple of New York Times headlines — “As Horrors Emerge, Norway Charges Christian Extremist,” and “Right-Wing Extremist Is Charged in Norway.” Guardiano notes the latter headline was amended from “Christian Extremist Is Charged in Norway.” He writes, “That’s better, but still not quite right.”
Well, I think you get the idea. But now let’s consider these headlines from the New York Times in the wake of the Fort Hood Massacre in November 2009:
It is worth noting that the stories which followed these headlines did not identify Hasan as a Muslim. Indeed, the first article which cites Hasan’s military records notes he had “no religious preference.”
But this was perhaps the New York Times’ most egregious headline where it concerned Fort Hood:
This was the story that attempted to put forth the narrative that Hasan was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after counseling veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq. The New York Times was essentially touting the line, “Terror plot? What terror plot?”
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