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ISIS EXTENDS ITS GLOBAL REACH

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When I heard the news over the weekend that Boko Haram had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), I decided to watch one of the network news programs at 6.30pm to see what they had to say on this development.

As it turns out, nothing was said.   The news program I watched led on Selma (again) and Ferguson (again, again) and Hillary Clinton’s emails (surprise! surprise!  Corruption from a Clinton!   Y.A.W.N.).   Following those three stories, there was a brief segment on Jeb Bush running for president.

Arguably, Boko Haram’s signing up to the Islamic State will have greater impact than any of the other news items.

A few weeks ago, IS was confined to Iraq and Syria.   Then the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan opted to join the caliphate.   Libya was the next addition, not the whole country but the extremists operating there.   Now, with Boko Haram in Nigeria, Niger and Chad, they are rapidly becoming a major global force.

It’s not surprising the West is still asleep when our media focus is so myopic.

The media is also manipulative.   A great deal of attention is now being given to a young African-American teenager who was shot by police in Madison, Wisconsin.

The death of any young person is a tragedy, no matter what the circumstances.   Ten days ago, a 17-year-old male was shot dead by police a few miles from our home.   It did not make the national news, likely because he was white.   The media sure likes to stir things up, especially when it comes to race.

Perhaps this is why little attention is given to the growing threat from ISIS.   As we are constantly being assured that Islam is a religion of peace, little attention will be given to news that brings this into question.

Yet the fact remains, while we obsess about our own internal problems, there is a growing external threat that we ignore at our peril.

 

 

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ONE-SIDED NEWS

Zemir Begic
Zemir Begic

Zemir Begic will never be as famous as Michael Brown. Yet both men died on a Missouri street and both deaths were likely connected.

“Zemir Begic, a 32-year-old man who emigrated from war-torn Bosnia almost two decades ago in search of a better life, was bludgeoned to death Sunday, allegedly by a group of hammer-wielding teenagers, one of whom has been charged as an adult. Begic was driving with his fiancée, Arijana Mujkanovic, and a male passenger at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday in St. Louis when five teenagers began pounding his vehicle with a hammer, according to police. When Begic confronted them, he was struck in the mouth, face, head and body with hammers and died at a nearby hospital.” (Fox News website)

The five teens were black while Begic was white. The 70,000-strong Bosnian community in the St Louis area is convinced the murder was a hate crime, an indirect consequence of the racial tension in and around nearby Ferguson.

This particular news item did not make it to network news. I saw it on the Fox News website.

Sadly, it remains the case that mainstream media ignores most cases of blacks murdering whites, while, as Ferguson shows, dwelling for inordinate lengths of time on blacks being the victims of whites (Michael Brown and Eric Garner are two classic examples of this).

The media is largely to blame for the riots that engulfed Ferguson and other cities the past few days. If ABC, CBS and NBC had given as much time to the death of Michael Brown and subsequent developments as they did to Zemir Begic, we would have had no riots.

The deaths of both Michael Brown and Zemir Begic are tragic.

It’s also tragic, in a different way, to witness what has become of most television news. The bias is clear.   And nothing will be done about it, unless we all, en masse, stop watching until they clean up their act.