Selective News Coverage of Islamic Terrorism

Take the matter of Islamic terrorism. The media is by and large committed to the narrative that Islam is a religion of peace. Hence, they tend to underreport incidents of Islamic terrorism or else they shape the story to fit the narrative that violence has nothing to do with Islam. For example, did you know that the group of knife-wielding assailants who slashed to death 29 people and injured 140 at a crowded Chinese train station on March 1, 2014 were Muslim jihadists? The fact that the killers were Muslims is carried in some reports, usually at the end of the story, but the main impression given by most of the reporting is that they were “separatists” who were making a “political” statement about “repression” of ethnic minorities. The words “jihad” or “jihadists” are notable by their absence from most reports.

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