Media perspective in the Ft. Hood massacre

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

7 November 2009: Consider this:  the murderous actions of Nidal Malik HASAN at Ft. Hood on Thursday resulted in more deaths and injuries in that single attack than in 15 years of violence at abortion clinics in the U.S. and Canada. Two days after the bloodbath at Ft. Hood, government officials from the President to local politicians, the media, their pundits and other experts are publicly cautioning against linking any religious or ideological motives to the actions of Nidal Malik HASAN.

Immediately after the murder of Dr. George Tiller, a noted abortionist at a women’s clinic in Wichita, Kansas on May 31, 2009 and the subsequent arrest of “anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder,” however, the motives behind the killing of Dr. Tiller were never questioned. Those same politicians and pundits who are currently urging the public not to jump to the conclusion that HASAN’s motives were religious and ideological in nature are the same who immediately concluded that the murder of Dr. Tiller was a result of an anti-abortion extremist.

The blatant hypocrisy does not end there.

Immediately after the arrest of Roeder, some politicians and media pundits declared that the murderous actions of Roeder and all other acts of violence against abortion clinics were fueled by conservative talk show hosts. Those who did not outright advocate some form of censorship of conservative talk radio demanded oversight and accountability to insure that the masses would not be whipped into unrestrained frenzy.

Yet, no one in the media is calling for the same oversight and accountability for the fiery and arguably seditious sermons being delivered at mosques in the U.S. and Canada. Agendas have never been more obvious.

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