Media Mashup: December 4, 2015

Shame on The New York Daily News for this anti-gun, anti-GOP front page!
Shame on The New York Daily News for this anti-gun, anti-GOP front page!

Where Have All The Reporters Gone?

It was truly amazing to watch and to read the journalistic dance about whether the two murderers had ties to Islamists radicals. President Obama still cannot say those words for fear of offending people.

It took the news media more than a day to come up with some information about the ties to Islamists. It is unclear whether the media failed to have sources or the authorities played the politically correct line about Islam.

Whatever the case, the public was badly misserved about what obviously had the markings of a lone wolf attack by Muslim extremists. In fact, the incident in California almost mirrored the Charlie Hebdo incident–albeit without the second target. Unfortunately, much of the media was toeing the anti-gun meme by comparing the San Bernadino killings to Columbine and Sandy Hook. Absolutely unforgivable!

The New York Daily News should be embarrassed by its anti-gun and anti-GOP front page, which should end any discussion of the intrusion of liberal politics into the newsroom.

Fourteen bodies should make it clear that the United States faces some serious issues in how to tackle radical Islamists on our own soil. Sensible Americans will be heading to buy ammunition this weekend.

The Public Understands The Dangers

Even before the California massacre, Rassmussen found that half of Likely U.S. Voters believe Islam as practiced today encourages violence more than most other religion. A new national telephone survey reported the day before the San Bernadino shootings that 29% say that’s not true while 21% are undecided.

Only 17% of all voters think prominent Muslims, including Islamic religious leaders, have been vocal enough in their criticism of terrorist incidents.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on November 23-24, 2015 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to charper@temple.edu.

 

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