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October 31, 2006

More invisible terrorists

by Feòrag

United States: It seems that the phenomenon of not reporting certain terrorists is not limited to the UK. Over in the US, Jennifer L. Pozner, executive director of Women In Media and News has drawn our attention to an appalling attempted suicide bombing which took place in Iowa on the 5th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. A man drove a car into a building with the intention of causing an explosion which would kill himself, and destroy the building. Like the September 11th terrorists, he was taking part in a holy war, but David McMenemy is a white Christian fundamentalist, so only one news source bothered to report the incident.

He is also a particularly stupid Christian terrorist—he attacked the Edgerton Women's Health Center because he thought abortions were done there. They're not. The centre specialises in providing smear tests, immunisation and other ob-gyn services for low income families. The cost of the damage was $170,000.

The terrorists who aren't in the newsNewsday, 8th October 2006. (thanks to Arthur D. Hlavaty).

Update: there is more coverage and analysis of this issue over at Wisse Words and Making Light.

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Posted in Hypocrisy at 15:23. Last modified on November 04 2006 at 18:38.
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1: Posted by: Branwen | October 31, 2006 10:10 PM

Appalling

2: Posted by: Red Wolf | November 1, 2006 6:08 AM

US Uncovers Weapons of Mass Destruction... In TexasDemocracy Now, 5th December 2003:

A Texan man with ties to white supremacists has pleaded guilty to possessing chemical weapons in one of the most serious cases of domestic terrorism since Oklahoma City. But the media has all but ignored the story.

3: Posted by: Eric | November 3, 2006 3:53 PM

I'd bet you mean "Arthur D. Hlavaty".

4: Posted by: Feòrag | November 4, 2006 6:36 PM

Oops, so it is. I'll fix that now.

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