Here’s another thing I don’t get. Why do the MSM tie themselves up in Manhattan-sized pretzels trying to find reasons for Hasan’s murderous mayhem that are other than the most obvious one? Do they really, truly, believe that his religion had nothing to do with it? And if so, how could that be? And if they think that it does have something to do with it, but they won’t say so, why’s that? Is it squeamishness? Or fear? Or their bosses telling them they should not contemplate the thought? And if that’s the case, then why are their bosses saying that? Is it that they fear the loss of the Islamic advertising dollar? Or that they are scared? Or that their bosses, the owners of the media have Islamic investment? Or that they are scared? If it’s “political correctness”, why are they all so politically correct, when the blogosphere is not so? Do they fear being ostracized by their colleagues? Their friends? Do they think they’d better not report the religious angle because it could "lead to more hate"?
I just don’t get it.
So they go on “looking for motive”. They’ve road tested various possibilities, including that he was let down by his superiors for not having been counseled himself, that he was sneered at because of his “middle-eastern appearance”, or that he was upset about his deployment to Afghanistan. In short, it’s everyone’s fault but his.
The policos, meantime, have jumped to conclusions that Obama warned everyone not to do. They have jumped to the conclusion that it had nothing to do with religion: Janet Napolitano (“This was an individual who does not, obviously, represent the Muslim faith."”) and Sen Lindsey Graham, “At the end of the day this is not about his religion — the fact that this man was a Muslim,” Senator Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
In March 07, the “Half-Hour News Hour” sent up this failure to face reality. A nice skit, spot on for today. In fact, it’s hardly a send-up, given what’s happening now in refusal to face the simple fact that this fellow killed in the name of Islam…. The “terrorism expert” nearly says “don’t jump to conclusions”… (vide: Pres Obama)