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Seattle shooting coverage

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Smallpotatoes, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    I've heard some bellyaching that the media is ignoring or downplaying last Friday's shooting at the Seattle Jewish center.
    The media is downplaying the fact that the shooter is a Muslim, that it was an act of terrorism,a hate crime, etc. One person even had a problem with the placement of armed guards at mosques in Seattle (I suppose he felt it would have been appropriate for someone to go on a shooting spree at a mosque in retaliation).
    These people also complain that the media is favoring Hezbollah (sp?) in the conflict with Israel. I don't really see that, but I guess one of the dangers in not taking sides is that everyone assumes you're taking the other guy's side.
    Many of these same people who make these complaints are also the same ones who go on and on about how Jews control the media. How can Jews control the media and the media be anti-Semitic at the same time?
  2. Almost_Famous

    Almost_Famous Active Member

    I will concur. I haven't heard anyone talking about this at all. Did anyone die?
  3. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    I've seen plenty of coverage of this shooting. Some people are just too sensitive, perhaps.
  4. Lester Bangs

    Lester Bangs Active Member

    One person dead. Piece of shit used a 13-year-old girl as a shield to enter the center ... seemingly unaware how perfectly that falls in line with what every stereotype of Muslim extremists are. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I've seen a boatload of coverage, but I don't know why it would draw much nationally. One random idiot. One random Muslim idiot during a time of heightened conflict, certainly, but a random idiot nonetheless.
  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Forgive me if I misunderstand, but are you suggesting it would have been better if he had just wandered in with guns blazing or a bomb strapped to his chest?

    It hasn't drawn a lot of coverage nationally, at least since it happened. But it should, for the same reason a neo-nazi shooting spree at a synagogue would. The people that are pissed about the lack of coverage feel like Islam gets a pass when it comes to violent or intolerant acts, while other groups are raked over the coals. Look at what's happened to Mel Gibson (a few words from a random drunken idiot) and how it's been covered compared to the Seattle shooting.
  6. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    It was covered, briefly and buried.

    This was the worst hate crime in America since James Byrd or Matthew Sheppard. Yet Mel Gibson's drunken binge got more coverage.
  7. Yeah, and somehow, Lebanon's blown Iraq off the top of the newscasts, too.
    Function of the shrinking news-hole, maybe.
  8. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Didn't I read the shooter had converted and was baptised in a Christian church a few months ago?
  9. RAMBO

    RAMBO Member

    What can we do about that.
  10. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    Is that declarative?
  11. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    And shrinking attention spans.
  12. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Last night, Michael Savage was outraged that the police in Seattle were protecting mosques.
    Why would anyone who has made it through the third grade, never mind supposedly received a Ph.D from Cal, advocate having the Jewish community in Seattle forming a lynch mob and engaging in tit-for-tat retaliatory strikes against the city's Islamic community?
    It's not just about proecting innocent Muslims in Seattle from the kind of crap that's going on in the Mideast, it's also about keeping everyone in Seattle who isn't a Jew or a Muslim from getting caught in the middle.
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