Thursday, May 21, 2009

The news you don't need to know?

Oh, and Incidentally . . .Max Boot - 05.21.2009 - 7:58 AM
You gotta’ love the New York Times and its hyper-politically correct sensitivities about revealing the ethnic or religious backgrounds of criminal suspects. Thus we have today’s front-pager: “4 Accused of Bombing Plot at Bronx Synagogues.”
Who were these four, I wondered? Could they be Chrysler shareholders upset that they are getting stiffed in bailout proceedings? ACLU lawyers mad that President Obama has refused to release interrogation photos? Possibly Greenwich hedge-fund managers furious about plans to regulate their industries? Or maybe just random nuts who like to set off bombs for the fun of it? Nope. It turns out–get ready for it–the suspects were… Muslims.
The reveal didn’t occur until after the jump:
Law enforcement officials identified the four men arrested as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh. Some of the men were of Arabic descent, and one is of Haitian descent, according to law enforcement officials. At least three were United States citizens, according to officials. They are all Muslim, a law enforcement official said.
Mr. Cromitie, whose parents had lived in Afghanistan before his birth, had told the informant that he was upset about the war in Afghanistan and that that he wanted to do “something to America.” Mr. Cromitie stated “the best target” - the World Trade Center - “was hit already,” according to the complaint.
Of course if the Times front-page headline had screamed, “American Muslims Plot to Bomb NYC Synagogues,” it might have given its readers the wrong idea. It might even have convinced some that there really is a war of terror and we really are under siege. But that can’t possibly be true. Everyone on the Upper West Side knows such claims are merely the product of Dick Cheney’s sick imagination.

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