Justice

The NY Daily News Just Made a Huge Statement About Terrorism

December 4th 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Friday's cover of the New York Daily News attempts to put to rest one of the major arguments surrounding the San Bernardino mass shooting that left 14 people dead on Wednesday. Many have questioned whether Syed Farook, one of the shooters, qualifies as a terrorist, and the paper answers definitively: Yes. But so do the other recent mass shootings in the U.S. that have been committed by white males.

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"The news says he's a terrorist," the Daily News headline reads, referring to the 28-year-old Farook. "(But so are these guys...)"

NY Daily News

The paper lists the names and photos of four recent mass shooters—all white males—including Robert Lewis Dear, who killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado on November 27. It also identifies the National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre as a terrorist, suggesting that his organization's efforts to derail gun reform legislation make him culpable in American mass shootings.

"Syed Farook joins long list of murderous psychos enabled by NRA's sick gun jihad against America in the name of profit," the headline continued.

As ATTN: has previously reported, the media language surrounding mass shootings appears to different depending upon the race and ethnicity of the suspect, and that was exactly what happened in the hours after officials first released the names of the San Bernardino shooting suspects. While reports seem to indicate that Farook had visited Saudi Arabia and had been in contact with people who hold extremist Islamic views, the media seems to wait to find out the religion and ethnicity of a shooting suspect before identifies a mass shooting as terrorism.

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We asked presidential candidate John Kasich about the other bold Daily News cover on Thursday. Here's what he said:

 

We just asked GOP pres. candidate John Kasich whether thoughts and prayers are enough to end mass shootings.

Posted by ATTN: on Thursday, December 3, 2015