The mainstream media is engaged in a vicious struggle to put the toothpaste of jihad back in the tube by ignoring the toothpaste. I wish them well on their toothpaste crusade and suggest they continue to ignore their cavities.
I've disliked the mainstream media's pomposity and penchant for politically-correct harangues for decades. But I never thought the mainstream media would let a world war pass them by to maintain their PC fantasies.
Since 9-11, I've reported on the media's reluctance to highlight the convicted Washington, D.C.-area snipers' Islamist proclivities and journalists' refusal to call Egyptian gunman Hesham Hadayet's acts of murder at the Israeli airline counter at Los Angeles International Airport on July 4, 2002, "terrorism."
Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes noted how quickly the media sought to whitewash the bloody bus-hijacking by Croatian illegal alien Damir Igric a month after 9-11. Although the incident "echoed similar attacks by Palestinians on Israeli buses," Pipes observed, the "media attributed the violence to post-traumatic stress syndrome."
National Guardsman Ryan Anderson (aka Amir Talhah), a Muslim convert who allegedly attempted to pass sensitive military information to al-Qaida over the Internet, rated barely a blip on the media radar screen.
Similarly, press accounts have downplayed the disruption of terrorist cells on American soil: The Lackawanna Six were just nice Muslim boys led astray. The Virginia Jihad Network was just a group of weekend paintball enthusiasts. Those indicted imams in Lodi, Calif., are just misunderstood "moderates." Terror suspects deported on immigration charges are just victims of discrimination.
Now, many of my readers wonder why the MSM won't touch the strange and troubling story of the University of Oklahoma bomber, Joel Henry Hinrichs III. On Oct. 1, Hinrichs died on a park bench outside the school's packed football stadium when a homemade bomb in his possession exploded. The Justice Department has sealed a search warrant in the case. The university's president, David Boren, is pooh-poohing local media and Internet blog reports of possible jihadist influences on Hinrichs. The dead bomber was, we are being told, simply a depressed and troubled young man with "no known ties" to terrorism.
Never mind that, according to local news reporters, the bomb-making material found in Hinrichs' apartment was triacetone triperoxide – the explosive chemical of choice of shoe bomber Richard Reid and the London 7-7 subway bombers.
Never mind the local police department's confirmation that Hinrichs had attempted to buy ammonium nitrate a few days before his death.
Never mind the concerns of Oklahoma University student journalist Rachael Kahne, who told me this week in a call for the media's help:
"I've been working on this story since the night it happened and have been stonewalled at every turn. ... Minutes after the explosion, police busted into a student's apartment and arrested four Muslim students who were there for a small gathering (the president of the Muslim Student Association assures me this was in no way a 'party').
Apparently the mainstream media believes ignoring the motivation for mass violence carried out all over the globe might prevent mass violence from being carried out all over the globe.