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A lot of people are talking about how the media, especially the Canadian media, are downplaying the Islamic element in the recent terrorist arrests in the Great White North. The statement by one government official that the suspects "represented a broad strata of our community" seems to emphasize the diversity of them, instead of citing the unifying element -- their common Muslim faith.

There does seem to be a concerted effort to downplay the Muslim element in the alleged conspiracy from the top, but I think I see some evidence that the rank and file members of the MSM are slowly turning -- and in a remarkably subtle fashion. And it's Little Green Footballs that led me to this theory.

On Saturday, Charles posted a photo from Yahoo! News that showed family members of the suspects -- and their "traditional garb" doesn't exactly scream "Buddhist" to me.

On Monday, Charles posted this picture, taken from the Toronto Star. While the article avoids the elephant in the room, the photo is reminiscent of the above one -- again, I don't think those women are Baptists.

And then on Tuesday, Charles quoted an article from The Globe And Mail, which discussed the special training and briefings the police received before they conducted the arrests. While the suspects did, indeed, represent a "broad strata" of Canadian society, the focus was on proper handling of the Koran, availability of prayer mats, and meetings with Muslim leaders. Again left unspoken is the unifying element of this "broad strata."

Sometimes, the message that is heard the clearest is that which is never spoken. People tend to remember the lessons they are not told, but led to deduce on their own.

Say what you want about the MSM, but words and messages are their forte'. Their very essence, their whole point of being, is communication. I find myself wondering if in this case, the guys and gals in the trenches are quietly rebelling against their masters, following the letter of their wishes while quietly subverting the intent.

This could be simple projection, seeing what I want to see instead of how things are. But I'm not so sure...


Comments (8)

Think you are giving them t... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Think you are giving them too much credit. What little has come out about their "broad strata" really being that they were young, Islamic/Muslim fundamentalists is only due to the overwhelming presence of the culture it can't be avoided no matter how hard they try.

"Say what you want about th... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

"Say what you want about the MSM, but words and messages are their forte'. Their very essence, their whole point of being, is communication. I find myself wondering if in this case, the guys and gals in the trenches are quietly rebelling against their masters, following the letter of their wishes while quietly subverting the intent."

"This could be simple projection, seeing what I want to see instead of how things are. But I'm not so sure..."

To a degree, yes. There are two Canadas. The official elistist run Canada who have control of the projected official image and most of the projected media image. Then there are those in the public who are usually ignored and usually keep silent but with sufficient motivation, will risk doing things like the above photos. They are people with a social conservative view that the elites pretend don't exist and I suspect are a potential majority actually.

Anyway, they use the elitists own PC against them. For in order to stop those photos, you have to admit that there is something unique in those photos. PC will paralyze most of the elites against pointing out there's anything 'different' or unique in those photos.

In time, the elitist think tanks will come up with a PC rationale for killing the publishing of such photos, but in the meantime the photo staff will be able to say things that are not allowed in print.

"Then there are those in th... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"Then there are those in the public who are usually ignored and usually keep silent but with sufficient motivation, will risk doing things like the above photos. "

This just shows how far the self-inflicted (deserved) distrust of the MSM has gone. It's just a picture of people wearing their everyday garb! If that's now considered 'risky', it just shows how low the public's expectations are of the media. If there were photos of them wearing normal 'western' clothes, they would have published it. They probably couldn't find any pics like that because there are no pics like that.

As the trials go forward, watch for them to start taking their lawyers p.r. advice and start wearing 'Canadian' garb. Or maybe not; the extremists love to thumb their noses at western traditions because they think nobody will point it out. We'll see...

Hosenball at PMSNBC already... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

Hosenball at PMSNBC already is dismissing this a real threat. MSN has it titled "how real was the threat?"

One can easily imagine another title circa 2000-

"Is Osama a real threat?"

"How real is the threat from Osama?"

Damned if you do, damned if you don.t.

On the one hand blasted for not connecting dots yet connect the dots and Newsweek becomes the denfense attorney for terrorists.

Just curious: what do you t... (Below threshold)
Bemused:

Just curious: what do you think should be done about this elephant in the room, then, Jay Tea? Or Lorie, or whomever? Canadians knew they were all Muslims; what course of action ought that to dictate for us? Do we plant listening devices throughout every mosque? Do we deport every Muslim? We've already stated that we'll be ridding ourselves of those who attempt to radicalize others; what more would you like to see done?

I think we should show a l... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I think we should show a little caution until the whole picture of this 'terrorist plot' emerges..seeing how things are..as Jay says ..before we exercise too many instant judgements...We all remember the Brasilian Charles de Menezes, who was originally and dramatically branded as having a direct connection to terrorism by the Met, only to see that very badly unravel in a couple of days.. In Toronto, there are still many more questions than answers after the sensational grand announcement by the security police following 'the anti-terrorist swoop'.

Hear hear, Steve. Aside fro... (Below threshold)
Bemused:

Hear hear, Steve. Aside from the "kill 'em all and let Allah sort 'em out" types pontificating in pubs, pretty well every Torontonian is content to let the police do their job.

Apparently the RCMP have foiled over ten attacks since 2004. I have never felt safer living in this wonderful country.

Boy, as a pro-lifer, I wish... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Boy, as a pro-lifer, I wish there was this kind of restraint in the press when one or two whackjobs killed abortion doctors.
-=Mike




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