“God is great” in Arabic … Like clockwork, the media rushes to protect the world from hearing the actual words of jihadis. Yesterday’s suspected terrorist reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” while carrying out the attacks. The AP Stylebook says on page 106 of the 2015 edition, “If such a [foreign] word or phrase is needed in a story, place it in quotation marks and provide an explanation: ‘ad astra per aspera,’ a Latin phrase meaning ‘to the stars through difficulty.’” That didn’t stop CNN from omitting the Arabic phrase on its chyron yesterday. Here, watch.
Tapper defends … CNN’s Jake Tapper defended the omission yesterday on Twitter. Tapper responded to Jenn Jaques, a former writer for Bearing Arms, on Twitter: “i really have no idea what you’re objecting to. We said what he said in Arabic and provided rough translation.” As shown above, there is an AP standard for that. Michelle Malkin’s column this week explains what the objection is. Maybe Jake will read it.
Trucks kill? … As if on cue, reports started pouring in about a “truck” that drove through people yesterday. These included CNN, Now This, BuzzFeed, The Hill, and surprisingly, the conservative-leaning Washington Examiner. This is something the media does: It blames inanimate objects instead of the person controlling them, whether it is a gun, car, knife, or, in this instance, a truck.
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Malkin outlines post-terror attack IslamoFAUXbia … In a strange coincidence, Michelle Malkin’s latest episode of “Michelle Malkin Investigates” was released today. The episode deals with how after terrorist attacks, the media focuses on “anti-Muslim hate crimes” that later end up being hoaxes.
About that new headline … The Washington Post ran a story covering for Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calling those who pointed to Schumer’s immigration policy that allowed the suspected jihadi into the country “extreme right.” The suspect entered the country under the “diversity visa lottery.” The Post first smeared conservatives who brought up the link, then changed the original headline, which called critics “extreme right,” to a more innocuous headline. Nobody at the paper offered an editor’s note explaining the change. CR’s Chris Pandolfo has the full story.
Forbes editor’s ill-timed tweet … In the wake of Tuesday’s jihad attack, Halah Touryalai, a deputy editor at Forbes Magazine, tweeted: “This is scarier than Allahu Akbar.” What was? An allegation that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt was “using the Bible as his guide for reorganizing EPA.” No, really, she did.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.