Terrorists Thwarted by New York Times’ Censorship

Oh, this is rich. So these two ex-cons who planned an attack on a Seattle recruiting station were apparently fantasizing about these headlines: “Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody.”

Forget it, terrorists! The New York Times has your number. You’ll never get what you seek from violence. They’re going to report the whole story–I kid you not–without mentioning the “Muslim” part.

Now check out the “editor’s note” on this version of the story. 

This is all beginning to have a Pravda-circa-early-Kruschchev feeling, it really is.

  1. jhimmi

    I guess the Grey Lady is Islamophobic.

    This is the soft prejudice of low expectations, one of the pillars of political correctness. Either the TImes thinks Muslims can’t be trusted not to riot and murder Muslims when facts about their brethren are reported, or they don’t think non-Muslims can hear the truth without rioting and murdering Muslims.

  2. Ferguson

    From the NYT article: “They were frustrated, it said, by American war policies”

    If I didn’t know better, I’d conclude that “peace activists” were behind this stuff. Instead of just reporting it straight this article gets twisted in knots.

  3. jhimmi

    A defense of the Times would probably include something about how the religion of the plotters was just a random, unrelated fact, like the type of car they drive. And Bill Ayers would probably agree wholeheartedly.

    I think Islamists understand Marxists better than Marxists understand Islamists.

  4. Midget Faded Rattlesnake

    At least the NYT named the suspects by both their aliases

    “Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph A. Davis, 33, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., 32, of Los Angeles”

    instead of just calling the one Joseph A. Davis and the other Frederick Domingue Jr.

    Which sort of gives the game away, dunnit?

  5. Leith
    Ferguson: If I didn’t know better, I’d conclude that “peace activists” were behind this stuff. Instead of just reporting it straight this article gets twisted in knots. · Jun 24 at 6:35am

    This reminds me of an article that I recently read about the NY Times’ decision to have reporters/cameras on one of the boats taking part in the Gaza Flotilla. I don’t think I will be surprised by either the tone or the point of view that these reports will take (if the event goes ahead).

  6. Del Mar Dave

     The story reminds me of the early days of AIDS, when the NYT would go to great lengths to report deaths and edit obits in ways that attempted to disguise the nature of the illness.

  7. James Lileks
    C

    The Times cites felony convictions and a jail stint, so perhaps the gentlemen experienced prison-assisted Islamic conversion. A few days ago Congress held hearings on the very matter of Prislam, as some call it, and the main witness was duly chided for failing to look at the true grave threat to America, Christian militants.

    Examples like this are inconvenient, and hence irrelevant.  

  8. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    Pravda-on-the-Hudson strikes again. It all began when it become company policy never to mention that Angela Davis was an open and avowed communist and to call her a “social activist” instead, and that was a long time ago.

  9. Leslie Watkins

    This is what makes me groan every time someone says, “So the media’s biased. Who cares? It doesn’t matter.” The thinking of the Times is evident to varying degrees in newspapers way beyond the Hudson, across the heartland, through every artery leading to the Pacific Ocean. They’re all the time making assumptions but proclaiming that we the readers should make none. And if you say, “I don’t take on faith any news report anywhere,” most people roll their eyes and mutter, “She must watch Fox News.” This to me is scary. And boring!

  10. Cas Balicki

    New York — Mohammed Mohammed Abdulla Mahmud and Frank Lesley Johnson, a Republican fundamentalist Christian fanatic, were arrested today in two separate sting operations. Mr. Johnson was planning to throw a cream pie in the general direction of the podium from which Mrs. Clinton was to speak later this week.

    Mr. Mahmud, when arrested, was wearing a vest packed with nails and ball bearings sold to him by a fundamentalist Christian hardware merchant in Decatur, Georgia. Leaving this editor to ask: Is there no end to which fundamentalist Christians will not go in order to make a profit.

  11. Larry3435

     As I understand it, “Allah Akbar!” is Arabic for “What the hell do I have to do to convince you infidels that I am a religious fanatic, and not some lone wolf miscreant acting on mysterious and inscrutable motives that have nothing to do with Islam?”

  12. Sisyphus

    I had a CoC moment here when a certain site character spoke in defense of the Times just days after the ludicrous Palin e-mail would be lynching with the Times and Post readership as the vigilante mob. I remembered to forget to hit send just in time.

    Of course, since the terrorists want the fact of their faith covered, the omission in this case is a solemn act of patriotism. (Oops, forgot my “scare quotes” around terrorist.) Like when they published the fact that mobile phones were being used to track the bad guys. Wouldn’t be America if we didn’t give the bad guys a chance to elude capture and do it again. Fairness is the issue, after all. And besides, as long as they pull that stuff, the terrorists would have to be crazy to strike at them.

    The Times, doing whatever it takes to provide daily, reliable bird cage linings.