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At 11:45 PM CNN’s Don Lemon reported (breaking news!) that the name of one of the suspected killers at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center massacre – who was subsequently killed in a shootout with police – was Syed Farook. This was at least two hours after the LA Times, Drudge, NBC News, Fox News, and The Daily Beast reported the suspect’s name – the name that had been circulating for hours, evidently, on social media after being picked up from conversation on a police radio channel sometime after the shooting.
The way that CNN deliberately concealed a name that had already been released on other major news outlets and subsequently twisted itself into a pretzel trying to avoid the conclusion that the massacre was a terrorist incident (to say nothing of an Islamic terrorist incident) was the kind of politically correct reporting that Todd Feinburg and I discussed with Massachusetts’ Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson on the recent “Radical Islam” edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast.
I watched the news on the investigation this evening, switching between Fox and CNN, and it would have been comical if 14 people hadn’t been killed earlier in the day. It is still, as I write, unclear what the police will conclude about the motive for the shootings.
“Framing the narrative” or “spinning the story” are not the exclusive province of the left. But conservatives are far more clumsy about it. Watching the CNN panel and Don Lemon Wednesday evening, it was clear that the reason the liberal media is so good about dressing up a story is that they know so instinctively what the narrative is supposed to be.
Before finally divulging Farook’s name, the Lemon panel on CNN was dancing like a cat on a hot stove around the name that must not be spoken. At one point Lemon quickly cautioned a guest (was he about to blurt?) that “we are not saying the name!”
Subsequently (and even more vigorously after the name was spoken) various CNN guests attempted to justify a “disgruntled employee” explanation for the shooting. Mr. Farook was evidently at the scene of the crime prior to the shooting and his job as a restaurant health inspector might have had some connection to the participants of a Christmas party at the Inland Center where the shooting took place.
Workplace relations, the CNN talking heads averred, can be so stressful, especially around the holiday season.
Presumably a little tiff took place at the party – perhaps Mr. Farook was disappointed with his secret Santa present (“What?! A cheap little Whitman’s sampler box? They can’t even spring for Godiva at Christmas?!”) – and that prompted him to go home, rustle up his wife and their AR-15s and hustle back to the party and blow everyone away.
You never can tell what is going to set some people off.
The problem is, of course, that the major world nations where Islam dominates are backwards and, except for oil wealth, impoverished because they have never embraced the separation of church and state. The resulting frustration and humiliation which Muslims feel – when their ideology asserts that they are morally superior to the infidels – has produced an apocalyptic ideology, embraced by a few but tolerated by a significant portion of the more benign population. And so murderous incidents, like the one in San Bernardino Wednesday, are a natural outgrowth of Islamic culture as it is today, and as it will continue to be until there is a thriving model of secular-society-driven success in the Islamic world.
But CNN knows you are not supposed to say that.