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NB: The Sundays are a band, who, in 1990, released one of my favorite songs, “Here’s Where the Story Ends”
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I chose that song and title because it’s the first thing I thought of today, on Sunday, as I started to see the end of the MSM’s coverage of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, and his murderous rampage in Chattanooga.
We knew it was coming. President Obama, in his remarks after the shooting Thursday, once again wouldn’t use the phrase “Islamic terrorism.” Andrea Mitchell asked one of his classmates “Did He Hunt? Did He Shoot?” Liberals and the MSM have been desperate to avoid linking Abdulazeez to radical Islam, and avoid having to explain why they have done the same after other attacks by jihadists on American soil.
Sunday morning signaled the MSM’s official winding down of their coverage of the latest radical Islamist to strike here at home, with a multitude of articles about Abdulazeez and, are you sitting down, depression. From the AP:
Chattanooga shooter’s family says he suffered from depression
“There are no words to describe our shock, horror, and grief,” said the statement, provided Saturday to the Associated Press by a lawyer representing the family of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. “The person who committed this horrible crime was not the son we knew and loved. For many years, our son suffered from depression. It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence.”
“We understand there are many legitimate questions that need to be answered,” the statement said. “Having said this, now is the time to reflect on the victims and their families, and we feel it would be inappropriate to say anything more other than that we are truly sorry for their loss.”
The president of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga said Abdulazeez’s father told him he felt blindsided and did not see any recent changes in his son.
“He told me that he had never seen it coming, and did not see any signs from his son that he would be that way and do something like that,” Bassam Issa said.
If you read the entire article, and you have been following the story closely, you’ll notice that some very key details have been left out of the story, and of course, the family’s statement.
- Chattanooga Gunman’s Father Put On, Then Removed from Terror Watch List
- Chattanooga Marine killer made mystery seven-month pilgrimage to Jordan
- Chattanooga Shooter’s Sister Self-Described ‘Palestinian Muslim’, Anti-Israel Activist
- Muhammad Abdulazeez reportedly spotted at gun range before deadly attack
- Chattanooga shooting: Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez told Muslims to ‘submit to Allah’ and ‘establish Islam in world’ days before rampage
- Chattanooga shooting suspect sent text containing Islamic verse before attack
Now, I’m not in law enforcement, but I would say that a pattern has been established, and explaining away Abdulazeez’s killing spree by saying it was caused by “depression” is disingenuous at best, and dangerous at worst. We do ourselves no favors when political correctness cows us into not discussing and fighting radical Islam right here in America. Continuing to do so will only serve to kill more people, blissfully ignorant of the dangers around them.
On Friday, I started to take note of the differences in coverage of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez versus coverage of Charleston killer Dylann Roof.
USA Today tweets about both men:
The New York Times tweets about both men:
Many articles referred to Abdulazeez and an ordinary kid, or someone from an all-American background. With Roof, the MSM, rightly, wasn’t so generous.
After I read the stories today about Abdulazeez and depression, I went back and searched for tweets about Dylann Roof and depression (none of which were written by the MSM), like this one:
— Naqui (@naqui_s) June 19, 2015
Oh, the irony.