Terrorist attacks highlight the media’s hypocrisy

This week was witness to several terrorist attacks in Europe and New Zealand, and this condensed period of time highlighted the hypocrisy with which the mainstream news media covers and portrays this violence.

28-year-old Brenton Tarrant killed 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. He live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, and shooting the wounded from close range. Mr. Tarrant had documented his radicalisation and two years of preparations in a 74-page manifesto that he posted on social media. A self-described eco-fascist who admired Communist China, Mr. Tarrant said he was a white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

In Utrecht, Netherlands, 37-year-old Turkish born Gokmen Tanis, who had an existing criminal record, opened fire on a train, killing three people and seriously injuring five others. According to the Public Prosecutor, Mr. Tanis acted alone with terrorist intent, with a letter found in his getaway car containing statements about solidarity between Muslims.

A 47-year-old Muslim migrant from Senegal, Ousseynou Sy, threatened to burn 51 children alive in a bus he torched at San Donato Milanese near Milan, after planning to use his young passengers as human shields and escape to Africa. Two children managed to get a phone and call the police, and a Carabiniere (military policeman) rushed to one of the sides of the burning bus and broke a window with his own hands to help the children escape. Mr. Sy told investigators he hates white people for having "invaded and colonised" Africa, forcing Africans to emigrate and "die in the Mediterranean". Mr. Sy, who also had an existing criminal record, was granted his Italian citizenship through marriage, which will now likely be revoked. Alberto Nobili, head of Milan's counter terrorism police, said Mr. Sy had posted a video on Youtube with the message: "Africa, rise up."

Ten people were just arrested in Frankfurt Rhine-Main, Germany for a suspected Islamist attack plan, that included using a car and guns to kill as many “infidels” as possible. A 21-year-old and two 31-year-old brothers are noted as the “main suspects” in the group and are believed to be associated with the local Islamist Salafist community. All are accused of plotting an “Islamist terrorist-motivated attack”. Several of the suspects are German citizens, according to the prosecutor’s office, and the arrests revealed a large network of money, drugs, and weapons.

The mainstream news media’s normalised and sensationalist hypocrisy is exposed in their choice coverage of terrorist attacks. They present the impression that terrorism occurs equally from Muslims and the so-called “far-right”. When a terrorist attributes his actions to Islam, the media bend over backwards to say these do not reflect the wider Muslim community, but when a terrorist attack comes from a white supremacist they are quick to paint all conservatives in society as racist, far-right extremists.

The far-left HOPE Not Hate organisation, which describes itself as “anti-fascist” has received funding from billionaire open borders campaigner George Soros, claiming that “huge numbers of Britons are among the global audience for far-right forums” online. Groups such as HNH have been shown to have relationships with mainstream news outlets to push their message that any criticism or expression of concern regarding migrants, Islam, or open borders are the equivalent of far-right extremism and white supremacy.

The mainstream news media have been silent on the fact that in 2019 to date 2,041 non-Muslims have been killed in more than 360 Islamist attacks. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there have been 34,751 Islamic terrorist attacks worldwide. In 2014, deaths from terrorism increased by 80 percent from 2013, with a total of 32,658 victims. Of these deaths, 78 percent and 57 percent of all attacks occurred in just five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Syria. Iraq continues to be the country most impacted by terrorism with 9,929 terrorist fatalities, the highest ever recorded in a single country.

The numbers simply do not compare with those of terrorist attacks carried out by non-Muslims. Despite media attempts to disproportionally show there is a “far-right extremist” threat growing in western countries, the reverse is true. According to Britain’s Security Service, better known as MI5, the number of far-right terror cases the authorities are faced with is “absolutely dwarfed” by the number of cases related to radical Islam. The global jihad is a highly organized, multiple-pronged network that is working both stealthily and violently on a worldwide scale. Contrary to the myth that mainstream news media attempts to push, white supremacists and the so-called “far right” are not the biggest challenge facing the west in terms of security.

Government sources recently confessed there are 23,000 Jihadists in Britain. MI5 Director-General Andrew Parker has said the Islamist threat is operating on an unprecedented scale and has increased “dramatically” over the past year. In a rare public speech, he said, “In 2017, with all that has happened and much that has not, it is clear that we are contending with an intense UK terrorist threat from Islamist extremists. That threat is multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly, and operating at a scale and pace we’ve not seen before … We’ve seen a dramatic upshift in the threat this year. It’s at the highest tempo I’ve seen in my 34-year career.”