Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Two Stabbings, Two Kinds Of Coverage, And Interesting Excuses

Today there were two stabbing attacks by Islamist on two different countries. One Got media coverage, the other did not.

The attack in Germany where one person was killed and three wounded received worldwide coverage, including in the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News.

The one in Israel where two elderly women were stabbed in a similar attack received no coverage outside of Israel.

Watching the Germans stumble over and trying to describe the attacks is rather interesting:

The assailant made “politically motivated comments” as he attacked, Ken Heidenreich, spokesman for the Munich prosecutor’s office in charge of the case, told The Associated Press.

And what was the politically motivated comment?

He said his office was investigating witness reports that he yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”

The German police are trying to downplay and dance around the elephant in the room by claiming the man was simply mentally ill:

Police spokesman Karl-Heinz Segerer said the attacker "expressed political motivations" during the attack but didn't elaborate.

A 56-year-old man died from his injuries. The other victims were men aged 43, 55 and 58. Their names weren’t released.

The incident happened around 5 a.m. local time in Grafing, a Bavarian town east of Munich. Early reports indicate the man was not known to police.

Bayrischer Rundfunk, a regional broadcaster, said police were investigating eyewitness statements that the attacker may have yelled "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great") while carrying out the stabbings, although that has not been confirmed.

Joachim Herrmann, Bavaria's interior minister, told the German news agency DPA that there did not appear to be an extremist motive and that the suspect may have mental health problems and issues with drug use.

1 comment:

Old 1811 said...

When I heard it on the radio this morning, the offender was described as a "German national who does not live in Munich" who made "politically motivated statements." No mention of Islam at all.
I think the intent was to imply that he was a right-wing German skinhead type stabbing innocent people (maybe Muslims?) But what do I know?