The New York Daily News? As of this writing, better journalistic content can be found in a three page rag published by a no name newspaper in a no name town somewhere that considers it’s only stop light a claim to fame.
Their recent cover is well know. “God isn’t fixing this” splashed across the page with quotes from GOP candidates flanking the text on either side. It served two purposes:
– It was an extension of Obama’s comments about “bitter clingers” in flyover states. According to Obama such people “get bitter, they cling to guns or religion”.
– It was a reminder that while GOP Presidential contenders asked for prayer as San Bernardino unfolded, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were preaching gun control. (Never mind that Obama offered similar sentiments).
It was as if the New York Daily News was saying “ha!…look at all the rubes out there in nowheresville and how they are overreacting to San Bernardino…at least we’re the smart ones with our Hillary and our Bernie and our gun control”.
Then they reached a new low.
Did you know Syed Farook’s brother was a highly decorated military veteran. Oh, he was, says the New York Daily News. He spent four years as an enlisted man in the United States Navy to include service on board USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Make no mistake, in this day and age – a time in which more than 90% of all Americans have performed no military service whatsoever – honorable military service is something to be cherished and admired. All the same, the highest award Syed Farook’s brother earned was the Good Conduct Medal which is often jokingly called the “don’t screw up medal” in military circles. Nearly everyone gets one.
As for the other awards New York Daily News cited, many get those too: the National Defense Service Medal (awarded after boot camp), Global War on Terrorism Service and Expeditionary Service Medals are standards, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (awarded after performing ninety days away from homeport on a Navy vessel). Farook’s brother also attained the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist device. For enlisted Sailors,
it’s not optional – everyone assigned to a ship is required to earn one or else be eventually drummed out of the service.
Again, the point isn’t to malign the brother’s service. It’s to provide context. The brother’s experience and awards earned were pretty typical for an entry-level servicemember. It’s admirable that he served our nation well. But it’s a stretch to say that he left the Navy as a highly decorated military veteran. By contrast, Dakota Meyer also served four years as an enlisted man; he left with a Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with V Device for Valor, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, among others. Syed Farook served well, but he was no Dakota Meyer.
Anyway, to borrow from their pet genius Hillary’s mouth, at this point what difference does it make whether Syed Farook’s brother was Rambo incarnate or a bus driver in Toledo? His brother didn’t kill people at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Syed Farook did. Does the New York Daily News believe readers to be so stupid that they’ll somehow believe that because the brother was a good and patriotic American it follows that Syed Farook was too?
The idea of patriotism as a DNA-trait in the Farook family gene pool sure helps push the narrative that all-around good ole American boy Syed acted out in the name of workplace jihad.
Workplace jihad is the emerging term the left will use to remove radical Islam from the events of San Bernardino. Kind of like the way they invented the race “white hispanic” during the Trayvon Martin incident. Sure, maybe Syed was seething with rage induced by radical Islam. But it didn’t lead him to kill. Nope. A co-worker egged him on at the Christmas party until he snapped – oh, by the way, it was a Christmas party. As in a Christian Christmas party. Christians. Christmas. Get it? Poor Syed, how did he feel being perhaps the only Muslim there celebrating a religion other than his own? Presto, workplace jihad.
There were even lower depths to reach and the New York Daily News couldn’t help themselves.
“He was all for guns. Victim fervent supporter of NRA” led yet another New York Daily News item.
That’s right. It’s as if the writers and editors at the paper were thrilled to discover that among the victims was someone who was, essentially, the kind of person they truly despise. A gun nut. NRA member. Maybe he went to Church on Sundays. Watched NFL games. Probably drove around in a truck, too, burning fossil fuels and causing the climate change that places the Syed Farook’s of this world on a path to terrori…errr workplace jihad.
If there’s another example in all of media in which a murder victim’s identity has been treated with such glee, please provide it. Just to illustrate how mind-numbingly awful this particular slant of their already skewed reporting was, imagine if they were reporting on a rape victim:
“She was all for skimpy, tight clothes and getting drunk while hanging out with random men. Fervent supporter of Planned Parenthood and contraception on demand”. What the New York Daily News reported was no different than a headline like that.
So, what’s wrong over at the New York Daily News? A terrorist attack was just conducted against San Bernardino’s Inland Regional Center – a place designed to help the poor, disabled, and others in need of social services – and their coverage is more nonsensical than content found in The Onion.
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