AMERICAN MEDIA GUILTY OF MURDER BY COMPLICITY

Western, especially American, reactions to this week’s cold-blooded murder of three innocent Muslim college students in North Carolina have been grossly inadequate.
 
Major American news networks, have, more or less, treated the monstrous crime as a passing banality. Critical questions that ought to be asked were never asked, which means the stage is set for the perpetration of the next act of murder targeting Muslims.

The media is also culprit  in the N. Carolina Triple murder

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
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Western, especially American, reactions to this week’s cold-blooded murder of three innocent Muslim college students in North Carolina have been grossly inadequate.

Major American news networks, have, more or less, treated the monstrous crime as a passing banality. Critical questions that ought to be asked were never asked, which means the stage is set for the perpetration of the next act of murder targeting Muslims.

True, the alleged murderer was detained by the police. However, the American media was also culprit in this crime and bears an important part of the blame for its occurrence.

The unrelenting Islamphobic discourse, that we keep hearing and watching in the U.S., does make the perpetration of such a crime inevitable. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise.

This is not a far-fetched analysis of an “isolated incident” as some pundits might be prompted to argue. In the final analysis, anti-Muslim racism in the United States has assumed phenomenal proportions due to the constant defamation of Islam and Muslims by a brashly hostile media.

Needless to say, this hate-mongering has caused many Americans to lump all Muslims in one basket. Thus, all Muslims, near and distant, are portrayed as carbon copies or at least potential carbon copies or prototypes of Osama Bin Laden or Abu Musaab al-Zarqawi.

But this portrayal is actually incorrect. The vast majority of Muslims, I would say 99.99% are normal and peaceful people who are, like most Americans, busy making a decent living, raising their kids, supporting their families, and trying to make ends meet.

I strongly believe that this fact is well known to most media editors who probably choose to ignore it for reasons having to do with cultural bigotry  against Muslims.

In other words, this is not an expression of ignorance of the truth but rather a malicious and reckless disregard of it. Yes, it is an expression of willful dishonesty by much of the American media. And that is a real problem.

Of course, we cannot lump all American media in one negative category. Newspapers such as the Christian Science Monitor can’t be considered a carbon copy of the New York post or the New Republic.

But, unfortunately, the level-headed press has been reduced to a faint voice in a deep valley in a jungle of gung-ho media outlets where the dearth of honesty is conspicuous.

None the less, being “ignorantly dishonest” is not an excuse. In the final analysis, maligning a religious or ethnic community will sooner or later lead to murder or mass murder. We don’t have to go back many decades to demonstrate the evil power of incitement, especially when the targeted audience is uninformed, misinformed or dis-informed.

The recent genocidal episodes in Mynamar and the Republic of Central Africa are hair-raising examples of what public incitement could do. The same thing can be said about Bosnia.

We also do know that the holocaust didn’t start with Auschwitz or other concentration camps. It rather started with Mein Kampf and other expressions of hatred for Jews.

Where is the outrage?

The murderous killing of three young,  innocent American Muslims is by no means an isolated incident or thunder on a clear day. It is rather the inevitable effect of an undeniable cause and the cause is the affronting anti-Islamic messages that we keep watching on Fox News and so-called “Christian” TV programs.

That is why responsibility for spilling the blood of the three innocent victims in North Carolina doesn’t solely lie with the direct killer, but also with a morally callous media that made the killing inevitable.

I am not auggesting that press freedom ought to be restricted. However, a free press must also be a responsible press.

But a responsible press can’t be truly responsible unless it is well-informed and well-aware of the facts. Otherwise, the press, whether knowingly or unknowingly, would succumb to the Steve Emerson syndrom  whereby citizens are spoon-fed half-truths, disinformation and pure lies by charlatans presented as “experts” on Islam.

As a Muslim and journalist who, by  the way, studied and lived long in the United States, I am appalled by the lack of western indignation at crimes against Muslims in general, whether in the West itself, or indeed, in Palestine and other places.

This is moral hypocrisy in broad daylight. It is outrageous and therefore unacceptable. We are all human beings, created by the same God. We should be equal. Our blood should be equal. Our lives should be equal.

The fact that we are not equal in reality is not the result of an ineluctable fate. It is rather the result of the prevalence of an evil minset  which keeps pushing our world to the abyss.

Will we wake up before it is too late?

4 Comments

  1. R Davis said,

    February 15, 2015 at 12:56

    Three young people who had everthing to live for were killed.

    The killer was an atheist .
    The killer hated theists – people who believe in God.
    The killer hated Muslims.
    The killer hated gay men.
    He would have also hated 3 young men studying to become priests
    3 female nuns also
    His Holiness the Pope would have been a special kill for this guy.
    Hate has no boundries & always finds a target.

    In this world there are people who will blend into a situation so as to have an excuse to kill.
    Because the killing of people is their thrill in life.
    What if these young people had been Catholic or gay males or, young nuns,
    Had these Muslim people not been his neighbors
    Had 3 gay men been his neighbors instead would he have kill them
    I believe he would have.

  2. cavalierzee said,

    February 15, 2015 at 15:27

    Reblogged this on cavalierzee.

  3. oddie said,

    February 16, 2015 at 02:14

    it seems he only gave up his Christianity when he observed Muslims being allowed to join other religions at the post 9//11 ‘Day of Prayer’, yet the media portrays him as an atheist in principle –

    Chapel Hill killings shine light on particular tensions between Islam and atheism
    “My respect for the Abrahamic religions went up in the smoke and choking dust of September 11th. The last vestige of respect for the taboo disappeared as I watched the ‘Day of Prayer’ in Washington Cathedral, where people of mutually incompatible faiths united in homage to the very force that caused the problem in the first place: religion,” he wrote in 2012.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/02/11/chapel-hill-killings-shine-light-on-particular-tensions-between-islam-and-atheism/?tid=trending_strip_1

    the non-coverage (and dishonest coverage, of what little there was) prevented an opportunity to call out the 24/7 anti-Islam rhetoric of the media.
    (btw when the IRA were bombing people, ALL Catholics were never asked to contstantly apologise to the world.)

  4. ehnyah said,

    February 16, 2015 at 17:16

    Thank you for your courage.

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    The 1988 Civil Liberties Act was supposed to teach Americans about the internment of Japanese American citizens and the fundamental injustice of targeting a specific group due to xenophobia, bigotry, and fear.

    Revisionist Zionists hate this act because they know most Americans agree with it and it’s fundamentally against the zionsit demand for purity and the doctrine of non-assimilation.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Liberties_Act_of_1988

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    Zionists also don’t want Americans to know how they duped Americans into supporting the Balfour declaration using Louis Brandeis, a member of the Parushim.

    Against our better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel

    http://www.againstourbetterjudgment.com/excerpt/

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    Chapel Hill victims’ brother: Shooter had harassed Muslim couple, ‘brandished’ gun at them

    “It wasn’t only about parking spots,” he said, “[Hicks] would find any reason to harass them. The day they were tragically taken away from us, no-one was parked in his spot that he used to make a fuss about.”

    http://rt.com/usa/232287-brother-muslims-killed-rt-interview/


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