Friday, May 23, 2008
Burying the lede in Seattle
In the second paragraph from the end of an AP story on closing arguments in the murder trial of Naveed Haq -- in which writer Gene Johnson, like Seattle Times reporter Natalie Singer the day before, completely omits Haq's declarations of Muslim identity and anti-Jewish enmity -- the hollowness of the defense's claims of innocence by reason of insanity stands revealed:
"Haq did not mention to psychiatrists the notion that he was being controlled by voices or by God until many months after the shootings."
During the killings and after his arrest, of course, Haq made the following statements:
"I'm a Muslim American, I'm angry at Israel."
"This is a hostage situation and I want these Jews to get out."
"These are Jews and I'm tired of getting pushed around and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East."
For her part, Singer mentions neither this central fact nor Haq's statements in her own write-up for today's Seattle Times. So much for the people's right to know, in Seattle and nationwide, as the American mainstream media continue their malign efforts to exculpate and defer to Muslims.
And pray spare a thought for Pamela Waechter, whom Haq killed, and Dayna Klein, Christina Rexroad, Layla Bush, Cheryl Stumbo and Carol Goldman, whom he wounded in his rampage. None of them merited so much as a single mention in either of these MSM news reports.