News item: a terrorist with ties to al Qaeda, wielding an Axe and knife, broke into the home of a Danish cartoonist who five years ago had published a cartoon that depicted Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban. The terrorist, unable to get at the cartoonist who was in a safe-room with his young granddaughter built especially for terror attacks like this one, eventually attacked responding police officers on the scene. The cops shot the terrorist a couple times, but did not kill him.
FoxNews.com ran the breaking story on its home page headlined“Terror Related” Attack on Cartoonist. This 16 to 20-point-font, center-page headline was listed fourth of the top four stories they run as ‘big news items.’
CNN.com’s presentation of the story was notably different in several important ways. The story’s 12-point-font headline was listed fourth among ten other 12-point-font headlines found on the bottom left hand side of the home page. The stories in this section are easily overlooked contrasted with the large, flashy pictured headlines the page emphasizes: E-piracy of Dan Brown’s new Book, Afghan Parliament voting, 10-ways to get motivated, a Jet’s sports story, and a film review to name a few of them.
CNN’s headline for the story reads: “Police Shoot Man at Cartoonist’s Home.” No mention that the man was a terrorist connected to al Qaeda, no. Just a home-robbery gone wrong or something, right? We read on.
Once you click on the headline link it takes you to the article. On this page the article’s headline says: “Somali shot after allegedly attempting to attack Danish cartoonist.” So now the “man” shot is a “Somali;” again not a terrorist.
The CNN article states in the first paragraph, “A Somali man believed to have ties to terrorist groups was shot as he allegedly tried to enter the home of Danish political cartoonist Kurt Westergaard — known for his controversial depictions of the Muslim prophet Mohammad” (emphasis mine). It’s not until the fourth paragraph of the CNN article that we learn, “Danish intelligence officials said the suspect is connected to al-Shabaab, al Qaeda’s ally in east Africa” (emphasis mine).
It seems to me that if the Danish intelligence officials say the suspect is connected to these groups that’s a lot different than saying he’s believed to be connected as the CNN article states in its opening paragraph.
So why would CNN be interested in downplaying the fact that this man acted as a Muslim extremist, defending Muslim theological pride/dogma? Why would CNN want to 1. make the story unpopular/unnoticed by merely calling it a police shooting a man in cartoonist’s home, and 2. deflate as much as possible the man’s connection to terrorism?
The answer is quite simple.
CNN, by sway of its ideology, does not want to see “the War on Terror” escalated in any real way. To put it another way, CNN is interested in domestic agenda issues succeeding (such as the healthcare bill). CNN knows that if this terrorism threat is foremost in people’s mind, they will begin to see the foolishness of pushing through massive government spending/overhaul on domestic issues not related directly to national security.
CNN knows that a people concerned for their safety will be very unwilling to accept obese social laboratory bills such as healthcare reform. People fearful of terrorism will want their government to divert as much money as needed into Defense. These same people will demand of their President strict allegiance to the cause of Defense—they will not tolerate a President indulging on domestic ideological issues, like climate change, and government run healthcare.
In short, CNN would have its readers/viewers less concerned about a terrorist foiled in his attempt to ‘honor kill’ a cartoonist, than a “top story” of E-book piracy on the rise, because a nation concerned about nice things like E-piracy are much more inclined to accept a President in Copenhagen, and a President wanting to mandate that every American has healthcare.
Read it and weep.
(The stories were compared at approximately 2am on January 2nd, 2010)