Will Mainstream Media Ever Turn Against Islamic Extremism?
The mainstream media is known to hide behind the guise of fairness while distorting the truth or sugarcoating reality in certain situations while elevating the importance of others. We see every day how celebrities can sneeze wrong and hit the front page while atrocities around the world are relegated to brief mentions. The problem of Islamic extremism falls into the latter category.
Following extremist actions taken in France, Australia, and other areas away from the Middle East, is the media going to be willing to report the problem for what it is or will they follow the politically correct line of labeling everything as the singular actions of a single or small group of people? How many “unrelated” incidences have to take place before they’re acknowledged as related?
One of the biggest issues is that the Islamist threat has reared its ugliest head in the Middle East while quietly swelling below the radar in other areas of the world. This is due in large part to the willingness of governments in western societies to ignore threats due to pressure from peaceful Muslim rights groups.
It’s a fine line, particularly when publications in the mainstream media start to ask the serious questions that bloggers have been asking for years. In an article that appeared on the Wall Street Journal titled The Next Islamic Rampage, they make a few great points, including:
How to respond? One necessity is to accelerate and intensify the campaign against Islamic State and its 30,000 recruits. Jihad is more attractive when it is succeeding, and Islamic State has infused militant Islam with a new charisma. All the more so after President Obama announced a campaign to destroy it, began bombing, and then—very little. The desultory offensive so far may be winning more recruits for Islamic State than it is inflicting casualties.
Despite the growing risks associated with increasingly bolder measures to recruit Jihadists, the mainstream media has not wanted to be targeted by powerful Muslim rights groups like CAIR. These groups are becoming more powerful. Their memberships are swelling. They want to be seen separated from groups like ISIS but their actions often contradict their stated goals.
We do not condone the racism that surrounds anyone including Muslims. However, at some point mainstream media must handle what is done in the name of Islam just as they would do with atrocities done in the name of any religion.