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I watched the disgraceful Islamophobic rantings on the BBC and Sky News last night in mounting disbelief. Security correspondent and security expert vied with each other to tell us that the dreadful attacks in Norway were the work of al-Qaida. One extraordinary American, introduced as from a Centre for Combating Extremism, explained that these Norwegian jihadists had international links and plans to attack London and the New York subway. Norway was a target, we were repeatedly told, because of its NATO membership.

There was at least six solid hours of this poisonous bullshit. I did not pick up on one single person who said that this probably was not Islamic terrorism - despite the glaringly obvious fact that the atrocity had a Norwegian domestic political agenda, being an attack on the Prime Minister's office, and on a youth camp of the governing party. The internet was buzzing for hours with the news that the attacker on Utoya Island was blonde, without the broadcast media mentioning it. The American security expert I mention above had that base covered - he had obviously seen those reports, but did not mention them. However he said that jihadist groups had probably recruited European looking operatives to carry out the attacks, because they were aware that security services "consciously or unconsciously operated racial profiling."

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 08:05:17 AM EST
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It is really sickening how USA media and "friends" are pushing for Islamists to blame...Poor Americans that have to endure all the shit they are presented. After all that happened last 10 years I hardly believe even what date is today when I see/hear it on TV...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 08:21:37 AM EST
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Well apparently CNN had an expert who after the police were saying that it was internal politics, explained how they were wrong

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 08:28:13 AM EST
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Charlie Brooker (charltonbrooker) on Twitter
Just wrote a col for Monday Guardian about some of the Oslo coverage. May run online tmrw, maybe earlier.

John Bolton on Fox News earlier: anchor says looks like lone madman, not AQ as JB had speculated. He says let's not speculate till facts in.

To be fair to Fox, anchor was v clear it seems similar to Oklahoma tragedy; following bulletin also described suspect as rightwing extremist

Some ppl singling out Sky News unfairly I think: foreign ed T. Marshall tweeted v measured info last night: http://bit.ly/qbfayy

Whereas every channel seemed to have countless speculating security experts incorrectly guessing their gobs off.

Next angle will prob be impact of violent films & games etc. Not impact of negative depiction of Islam in news.

Not that I have any idea what caused it either. All very sad.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Jul 23rd, 2011 at 08:37:12 AM EST
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