What Media Bias? Finding the left leaning slant is easier than you think.
We’d like to tell you that we read the Washington Post so you don’t have to but that may commit us to suffering that we can’t tolerate for too many days straight. For today though, we’re taking that bullet. The Tuesday, November 17, 2015 Post is a great example of bias in the media getting passed off as journalism … and we didn’t even have to get past page one.
First, the article Suspected Recruiter, Organizer by Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet describes a January 2, 2015 raid in Verviers, Belgium where…
“Homegrown terrorist were plotting to gun down police officers, and they discussed their plans by phone with a superior in Athens.”
I don’t think “homegrown” means what they think it means. The article later identifies Abdelhamid Abaaoud as the superior and that he had slipped through the hands of authorities in Athens, Greece. Abaaoud, as you may now know, is the suspected mastermind behind the Paris attacks. So an article about the Paris attacks, is linked to Belgium where recruits are guided from Athens. Apparently “home” means they could be from anywhere on earth. And here we thought a homegrown terrorist was someone without broad support who locally masterminds his or her own evil plans. I guess it makes liberals feel all fuzzy inside with the “homegrown” label. Of course that feeling of fuzz may just be mold. But alas, we can be comforted knowing that the “JV” team that attacked Paris isn’t from Mars. Now that’d be something to worry about.
Our second example today is the “The Islamic State Strategy” by Craig Whitlock and Ellen Nakashima also appearing on the front page. The article states that the devastating attacks on Paris and Russia mean that …
“the Islamic State has embraced what appears to be an irrational strategy…”
What?! Say it isn’t so … irrational terrorists?! No one could have predicted that! Well, by all means President Obama is faultless in his faulty war on terror, especially since these terrorists are irrational. Not fair terrorists! Stick to the playbook. We put flower stems in our own automatic weapon barrels and then you’re supposed to join us for baked ham on Thanksgiving.
One last item, also on the front page, are photos of people observing the moment of silence. Wonder why the President isn’t pictured? Probably because he entered the G20 conference late, while the other leaders participated in the moment of silence.
So there you have it, our suffering today only lasted through the top half of the first page.