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Friday, July 08, 2005

"What Liberal Media?" Part 3.14159...

Sorry if the next couple of posts are a bit behind the news cycle. I've been doing that uniquely American thing of working multiple jobs to make ends meet.

So yesterday morning, London had a bit of a 9/11 of its own, in that Al Qaeda, or an Al Qaeda-related organization set off three bombs in London's subways and one on one of the ubiquitous double-decker buses.

The reaction to the bombings was swift and severe all around the world. However, to hear the "librul" media in the U.S. tell it, all Muslims were either conspicuously silent or rejoicing at the news. For all the feet of film and server hard disk electrons CNN devoted to the story, not one iota went towards covering the reaction in the Muslim world. Even the reliable water-carrier for anti-Muslim bigots, Faux News, neglected to look into the matter. Only MSRNC mentioned anything about the reaction of the Muslim street - a whole seven hours after the attack. And what they had to say about it wasn't pretty. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I enter into the record Exhibit A:

Amy Robach: Jacob, where did the statement originally appear?

Jacob Keryakes: Well, the statement was published on an Islamic web site. Minutes later, it was removed from the web site itself because it contained an error in one of the Quaranic verses and al-Qaida doesn't usually do that, but the same statement was published (later) on a secular web site.

The statement was signed by a group calling itself "The Secret Organization or the Secret Wing of al-Qaida in Europe."

They are claiming they warned the British government before and now they have fulfilled their promises and carried out what they have warned. They're also warning governments like Denmark and Italy saying you have to withdraw your troops from Iraq and Afghanistan otherwise the same thing will happen to you.

Robach: You've been following the Arab coverage of this explosion in London and certainly they're making reference to this claim of responsibility as well. How would you characterize coverage?

Keryakes: Well, they have been careful so far in saying who's behind it. But different analysts came on Al-Jazeera and said that from the way the series of attacks took place, there might be an Islamic group behind it. This is a well-organized attack.

The second thing is (that) some of the analysts are saying, "It's time for us to examine ourselves. We are breeding terrorism and we have to address this, we have to correct our mistakes."

Robach: Did they make reference at all to that statement and what they believe this group might be, if they actually exist? Are they responsible? Did they at all look into the statement, the web site and the group itself?

Keryakes: Yes, they did make reference to the statement itself but they said "We cannot verify it so far."


Notice the part in bold and italics. For Amy Robach (the same Amy Robach who indirectly impugned the patriotism of anti-Bush protestors recently) and Jacob Keryakes to obsessively focus on the presentation style of Al-Jazeera makes it sound like the Arab news station is covering up the culpability for those responsible.

Furthermore, only citing Al-Jazeera leaves the impression that Al-Jazeera speaks for every single solitary Muslim on Earth. This only serves to help those conservatives that regularly projectile vomit about how evil all Muslims are (*cough* Ann Coulter *cough* Michael Savage *cough* Rush Limbaugh *cough* Sean Hannity *cough*).

As Exhibit B of how pathetically docile the Fourth Estate has become when it comes to Republican outrages, one is forced to go to the English Wikipedia to find any "Fair and Balanced" coverage of the Muslim street's reaction to the attack.

Of note are the following comments:

  • Sydney - 8 July 2005 - The Australian Muslim Civil Rights Advocacy Network (AMCRAN) joins other civil rights and Muslim organisations in condemning the apparent acts of terrorism in London.

    "Such attacks are barbaric and totally inconsistent with any kind of civil tradition, whether it be secular or religious," AMCRAN co-convenor Dr Waleed Kadous, said. "Such disrespect for life is a symbol of barbarity."

    "Regardless of who committed these acts, we unequivocally and unambigiously condemn these attacks."

    "We would like to express our condolences to the people of London, and let them know that we stand with them, and that we will support them in the pursuit of those involved in these criminal acts and their punishment under the law."
    -AMCRAN official press release (Remember, Sydney is about 12 hours ahead of GMT)

  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the attacks, stating "We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes that can never be justified or excused. American Muslims offer their sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed or injured in today's attacks and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators."

  • The Islamic Circle of North America released a statement saying, "The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is shocked and horrified at the several attacks on the people of London during the rush hour mass transit. We join everyone in condemning such acts of terror and senseless violence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones at this tragic moment. We trust that the authorities will determine those responsible for these barbaric acts and bring them to justice quickly."

  • Leading Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim scholar Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah stated, "These crimes are not accepted by any religion. It is a barbarism wholly rejected by Islam."

  • The Muslim Council of Britian had the following to say on the subject:
    "These evil deeds makes victims of us all. It is our humanity that must bring us shoulder to shoulder to condemn, to oppose and to overcome those who would spread fear, hatred and death." Later, the MCB also said that "This criminal attack is condemned in the strongest possible terms. No good purpose can be achieved by such an indiscriminate and cruel use of terror."



Will the "liburl" media ever report these statements? Better check the temperature in hell, first.

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