As usual, it took a long time for the mainstream media to finally acknowledge that Tuesday’s Lower Manhattan truck attack by 29-year-old Uzbeki immigrant Sayfullo Saipov was actually a terrorist attack and not some random, crazed ‘lone wolf.’
You’d think the fact that multiple witnesses heard the killer shout “Allahu Akbar” might have been a clue, but apparently admitting the obvious has become a ‘hate-fact,’ or something.
Given that, CNN had quite the creative way around this predicament.
"suspect was yelling "God is great" in Arabic" – thanks for inventing this careful dodge, AP. pic.twitter.com/SEzkkooq13
— Chief Impact Officer BT (@back_ttys) October 31, 2017
Here’s the original tweet from The Situation Room:
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) October 31, 2017
Smooth move, CNN. Sadly for you, nobody’s buying it and everyone knows exactly what you were trying to do.
— It’s Just Jenn (@JennJacques) October 31, 2017
CNN: https://t.co/n0TlHQV18s “Man screamed God is Great”….you mean Allah Akbar?
— Duh-quon (@duh_quon) October 31, 2017
— SBG2 (@SASBG2) October 31, 2017
How do you say god is great in Arabic pic.twitter.com/dVnweEPMCn
— Pardes Seleh (@PardesSeleh) October 31, 2017
Thankfully there were so many Arabic speaking witnesses on hand to translate for us. .@CNNSitRoom
— Jack Herman (@Jack_Ham79) October 31, 2017
Whew! Close call!
CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to the brouhaha by downplaying his network’s downplay:
i really have no idea what you're objecting to. We said what he said in Arabic and provided rough translation.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 31, 2017
But nobody was buying that either.
You know what the actual translation is, so why provide a rough translation for your viewers? It’s misleading, at best.
— Jenn (@JennJacques) October 31, 2017
We all know what it means when someone shouts “Allahu Akbar” while killing people. Your using a “rough translation” instead is ridiculous.
— Kim Priestap (@kimpriestap) October 31, 2017
— MotMemesBoycottNFL (@motmemes) October 31, 2017
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