In its triumphal reporting that terrorist video did name Trump, MSM omits other ‘dishonorable mentions’

Do you recall the terrorist recruitment video Hillary Clinton referred to in a debate in New Hampshire that mentioned Donald Trump?

Well, said video has been unearthed — or so the mainstream media gleefully reported yesterday.

It wasn’t an ISIS video that singled out The Donald, as Clinton had claimed. It was al-Shabab — but what the hey! A terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist, right?

Among the news outlets that pounced on the story were Time magazine, CNN, and the New York Times.

A portion of the video is captured in this video tweet by CNN Politics that brazenly backs up Clinton’s claim.

To be sure, the portion of the CNN footage beginning at around 0:15 shows the late al Qaeda PR guru Anwar al-Awlaki talking about America’s racist past and its future of religious oppression, then cuts to Trump calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S.

If the CNN video ended there, it would be pretty damning. But it doesn’t. Beginning at around 1:36, the CNN host interviews Saijan Gohel, identified as a “terrorism expert,” who says of the terrorists going forward:

They will try and seize every opportunity they can for propaganda purposes. Keep in mind that any individual that’s prominent in the American political process is going to feature in their propaganda videos. Barack Obama — President Obama — has appeared in a lot of the ISIS materials…. That doesn’t mean he’s said anything that’s attracted attention. It’s just designed to elicit a psychological reaction among supporters of terrorism. [Emphasis added]

When presented with the observation that another “angle, if not the main angle of the video, is to recruit African Americans” to the terrorist cause, Gohel goes on to acknowledge that the jihadists rely on anti-police sentiment as a recruitment tool.

(h/t Right Scoop)

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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