Nice Attack: Are You Serious, AP and Projo?

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Here’s the information from a top-of-the-front-page Associated Press article that ran in today’s Providence Journal:

“I saw that suddenly people were fleeing and shouting,” she said, speaking by phone from Nice. “People were shouting, ‘It’s a terrorist attack! It’s a terrorist attack!’ It was clear that the driver was doing it deliberately.”

The astonishing thing is that it takes reporters Ciaran Fahey and Raphael Satter until paragraph 20 for the statement that the massacre in Nice, France, was likely a terrorist attack (which we now know to be true).  Here are the operative phrases in the opening paragraphs, which (to my mind) bring into question the integrity of the journalists and the publication that selected this particular article for its coverage:

  • Paragraph 1: “A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk”
  • Paragraph 2: “the truck ran over people on a ‘long trip’ down the sidewalk”
  • Paragraph 3: “a Nice native who spoke to the AP nearby, said that he saw a truck drive into the crowd”
  • Paragraph 5: “the truck plowed into the crowd over a distance of 1.2 miles”
  • In paragraph 7, we finally learn that the truck had “a driver.”

We’re reaching the point, in Western Civilization, that we face the very real possibility of death by passive voice and personification.  For crying out loud: Even those whose reading is no deeper than Harry Potter should have learned the lesson that one can’t defeat an evil whom one won’t even name.

Perhaps it would help to offer a practical lesson with reference to evils that the news media is happy to proclaim: If you want to help stop such things as the mosque vandalism in South Kingstown (assuming it wasn’t a hoax), or Donald Trump’s candidacy, or Brexit, the very first step — the very first step — is to show that you can be trusted to report on (journalists) and combat (politicians) a clear and present danger.

If your focus is, instead, your own politically correct virtue signaling, you’re only going to contribute to frustration and maybe (just maybe) finally get the backlash you’ve been self-righteously worrying about since a handful of Islamic extremists connected to an international jihadist organization flew planes into American buildings in 2001.



  • Rhett Hardwick

    Justin, I agree. But is all the more reason to keep up with the codes, or “nuances”. Code for an illegal is to refer to him by his city of residence, preceding his name. As in “a New Bedford man, Manual Suarez”. “Manual Suarez, of New Bedford” is probably a citizen. I have yet to discover the code for “Islamic Terrorist”.

    We know who the enemy is. Our difficulty is that we must treat it as a “police action”, with “collateral damage” avoided at all costs. Cops do not halt a bank robbery by shooting the customers. We tend to let criminals with hostages walk. Additionally. in the list of motivators, family and clan are much higher than “patriotism”. Kill a son, or brother, and you may have a blood feud that lasts generations.
    Unfortunately, the history of the Middle East is a history of conquests. I think who is in control matters little to the average citizen, so long as they can proceed with their miserable lives. Sort of the way that the English lived under French queens and German kings.Consequently there is no rising against ISIS.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    About Nice. That’s what happens when you live in a country where it is easier to buy a truck than a book or computer.

    • HugeGovtDebtFailure

      That’s what happens when you don’t know how to have border patrol….

  • Mike678
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