…it’s obviously clear that religion and radical Islam played a huge role in their terror plot — but the Times is being in denial. They’re pretending that it didn’t.
By Chad Groening
May 17, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post
The director of a media watchdog organization thinks the New York Times has gone out of its way to downplay the role Islam played in the plot by six foreign-born Muslim men to kill U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and other targets in the area.
Clay Waters, director of Times Watch, a division of the Media Research Center, is accusing the Times of “soft-pedaling” the Muslim beliefs of the men recently arrested on charges of plans to attack the New Jersey Army base. Waters cites an article by Times reporter Alan Feuer which stated: “It is unclear what role, if any, religion played in the attack Mr. Shnewer and the five other men are charged with planning.” Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 22, is the alleged ringleader of the group.
Waters says Feuer chose to ignore a videotape made by the suspects discussing killing soldiers in the name of Allah. Not only is Feuer a “liberal reporter,” says Waters, but “he seems pretty lazy too — because this thing about the Fort Dix tape of these people with the guns was not something he had to dig up. This was easily available, but he just didn’t bother to talk about it in his story.”
The major news outlets — except the Times, according to Waters — were all aware of the video and its contents, he says. “Everyone has heard about the tape that the Circuit City employee turned in where these guys, in the fundamentalist clothing, were saying [in Arabic] ‘God is great’ and shooting in the air,” he continues. “And it’s obviously clear that religion and radical Islam played a huge role in their terror plot — but the Times is being in denial. They’re pretending that it didn’t.”
The Times Watch leader contends the Times goes out of its way not to say anything bad about Islam. “They would never want to spread anything that would result in anti-Muslim backlash, so they soft-pedal the religion,” he states.
On the other hand, says Waters, the Times published a related article that was very sympathetic to the father of one of the suspects, whose pizza business was suffering because of the publicity over the terror plot.
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