What you won’t find in the NYT’s report on the Hassan vedict

What you won’t find in the NYT’s report on the Hassan vedict

In its 1000-word Friday report covering the guilty verdict handed down to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood that killed 13 and wounded 32, nowhere will you find the words “Islam,” “terror,” “terrorism,” or “Allah Akbar.” You also won’t find the words “al Qaeda” or “Anwar al-Awlaki.”

Other than a brief mention of the fact that the prosecution’s argument was that Hasan’s “mission was to kill as many soldiers as he could as part of a jihad to protect ‘my Muslim brothers’ from American soldiers deploying to Afghanistan,” readers of the New York Times would not even know Hasan is Muslim.

What readers of the Times don’t know, though, is that prior to committing the worst mass-murder in history at an American military base in November of 2009, Hasan exchanged upwards of 18 emails detailing his plans with Anwar al-Alwaki, a top al Qaeda cleric. And while the Times eats up a few paragraphs detailing Hasan’s actions during the murder-spree, one detail left out is that Hasan was screaming “Allah Akbar!” as he gunned down nearly 50 unarmed people.

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