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  • John F. McMullen
    http://www.townhall.com/columnists/anncoulter/ac20021101 Media Muslim makeovers! by Ann Coulter After all the speculation about the sniper terrorizing Maryland
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2002

      Media Muslim makeovers!
      by Ann Coulter

      After all the speculation about the sniper terrorizing Maryland and
      Virginia, at last we have some cold hard facts. He is a Muslim. He
      converted to Islam 17 years ago. He changed his name to John Muhammad. He
      belonged to Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam. He cheered the terrorist
      attack of Sept. 11. He registered his getaway vehicle with the DMV on the
      anniversary of Sept. 11 -- writing down the time of registration as 8:52

      Naturally, therefore, the mainstream media have decided the crucial,
      salient fact about sniper John Muhammad is that he is a Gulf War veteran.
      Thus, The New York times described the snipers as: "John Allen Muhammad,
      41, a Gulf War veteran, and John Lee Malvo, 17, a Jamaican."

      They are now hot on the trail of whether Osama bin Laden ever served with
      the U.S. military in the Gulf War.

      To review recent events, last year, 19 Muslims slaughtered thousands of
      Americans on U.S. soil. Since then, one Muslim tried to blow up a U.S.
      commercial jet with a shoe bomb and another Muslim shot up Los Angeles
      airport. The Religion of Peace has also been active abroad, decapitating
      an American journalist and blowing up a French tanker. In the last few
      weeks alone, Muslims bombed a nightclub in Bali and were narrowly
      prevented from slaughtering hundreds of theater-goers in Moscow.

      Inasmuch as the nation is at war with Islamic terrorists, you might think
      it would be of passing interest that the sniper is a Muslim. But you need
      a New York Times decoder ring to figure out that GULF WAR VETERAN John
      Muhammad is a Muslim. The main clue is the Times' repeated insistence that
      Islam had absolutely nothing to do with the shootings.

      Wrestling with the freakish development that a practitioner of the
      Religion of Peace is a killer, the Times has even rushed to print with the
      completely unsubstantiated speculation that John Muhammad had recently
      rejected Islam. Experts explained that a "rapid and bizarre change in
      religious beliefs" is common among "serial killers." One doctor said a
      change in religious beliefs before committing violent crimes is "a fairly
      well-known phenomenon in clinical psychiatry," adding that he "was not
      diagnosing Mr. Muhammad's condition."

      His condition? He's a Muslim. That's his condition and his diagnosis. It
      may be time to update the DSM-IV by adding "Jihad Impulse-Control
      Disorder" to its index of official diagnoses.

      In addition to copious articles intimating that John Muhammad was
      practically not even a Muslim, the media have universally concluded that
      there is "no evidence" connecting him to al-Qaida. Of course, it will be
      difficult to find any evidence, having instantly pronounced the case

      In one hard-hitting investigative piece on Muhammad, for example, the
      Times produced amazing details from his life, including conversations with
      relatives, neighbors, friends and ex-girlfriends. The article droned on
      about how he met one ex-girlfriend -- her job, her hobbies, her hopes and
      dreams. But when she said, "We stopped talking after he asked me about
      religion," the Times dropped the subject and moved on to the next topic.

      After weeks of blithe theorizing that the sniper was an "angry white male"
      -- based on invidious and offensive stereotypes -- aren't we entitled to a
      little theorizing about Muhammad's terrorist ties? There is surely more
      evidence that he was a member of al-Qaida than that he abandoned Islam
      before carrying out the sniper attacks.

      Emerging as al-Qaida's leading spokesman in America, the Times has also
      blacked out the information that the terrorists who seized a Moscow
      theater last week were practitioners of the Religion of Peace.

      I note again: America is at war with Islamic fanatics. But in a prolix
      front-page article about the "hostage siege" in Russia, the Times referred
      to the Islamic fanatics who stormed the theater exclusively as the
      "captors," the "separatists" and the "guerrillas." One searches in vain
      for a clear statement that the Moscow hostage crisis was yet another
      enterprise of the Religion of Peace.

      The only hint that the "captors" were even Muslims was the Times'
      dismissive description of Russian President Vladimir Putin's reaction to
      the terrorists' demands. Instead of acquiescing, Putin "cho(se) to cast
      the rebels as international Islamic terrorists." The Times knows a cheap
      political ploy when it sees one.

      In one of the oddest attempts to soften depictions of Islam -- the one
      religion the media respects -- the Times has apparently banned the word
      "burka" from its pages. (Burkas have gotten such a bad name recently!)
      Instead, one reads only about the "burka-style gowns" of the Islamic
      terrorists in Moscow or the "burka-like robes" of women in Bahrain. (How
      about: The swastika-like adornment on the skinhead's forearm.)

      Not to be outdone by the Times, CNN has valiantly insisted on calling John
      Muhammad by his Christian name. The night the snipers' names were first
      released, CNN's Jeanne Meserve repeatedly called Muhammad two names he
      does not answer to: "Here are the names. John Allen Williams, aka Muhammad
      Williams, and also a John Lee Malvo." Williams isn't his name. It's not
      even "Muhammad Williams." It is John Allen Muhammad.

      After assuring viewers "we will deal with this carefully," Aaron Brown
      summed up Meserve's report, saying, "We will say again that these two men,
      John Allen Williams and John Malvo -- and I'm not clear on the spelling on
      Malvo ..." While telling whoppers about Muhammad's name, he's fretting
      about spelling issues.

      The next night Brown slipped and mistakenly called Muhammad by his actual
      name. He was quickly corrected by Kelli Arena:

      BROWN: "And then it was sometime later that they got the second name,
      Muhammad or Williams, I guess."

      ARENA: "Right, Williams."

      Perhaps CNN should go whole hog and start describing Muhammad as a member
      of the "religious right" whose name is "Jerry Falwell."

      2002 Universal Press Syndicate

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