AC W10 Stereotypes about Terrorists Inside the mind of Newsweek

AC W10 Stereotypes about Terrorists Inside the mind of Newsweek

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Inside the mind of Newsweek on "Terrorism" Editors and writers reveal that "Terrorism" is something only foreigners, not Americans, can do Glenn Greenwald www.salon.com Feb. 23, 2010 | On so many levels, this (see article reproduced below) is one of the most stunningly revealing things I've read in quite some time. As I documented last week , the media's reluctance to describe IRS attacker Joe Stack as a "terrorist" reveals that this term has little to do with the act itself and everything to do with the demographic attributes of the actor: namely, in the American political lexicon, "Terrorists" are Muslims who dislike the U.S., while Americans -- especially ones who are white and non-Muslim -- cannot, by definition, qualify. Anyone who has doubts about that or who thought my argument was hyperbole should click on that link, which will direct you to an internal discussion among Newsweek editors and writers over their reluctance to use the term "Terrorist" to describe Stack and who they believe qualifies instead. Aside from the suffocating denseness of their discussion -- most of them ramble on about who is and is not a "Terrorist" for three straight days without even attempting to define what that term means -- just look at how blatantly tribalistic and propagnadistic they are about its usage. Many of them all but say outright that it can apply only to Muslims but never non- Muslim Americans. The whole thing has to be read to be believed -- and what's most amazing is that they published it because they obviously though it was some sort of probing, intelligent discussion which would enlighten the public -- but let's just examine a few of the contributions. First, here's the question posed to the group by Newsweek Editor Devin Gordon: We've been having a discussion over here about the aversion so far to calling the Austin Tax Wacko a terrorist - or as the Wall St Journal called him "the tax protester." And I'm wondering if anyone has read yet - or would tackle themselves - a thorough comparison between our ho-hum reaction to a guy who successfully crashed a plane into a government building versus the media's full-throated insanity over the underpants bomber, who didn't hurt anyone but himself. This is the first answer, from Managing Editor Kathy Jones: Did the label terrorist ever successfully stick to McVeigh? Or the Unabomber? Or any of the IRS bombers in our violence list? Here is my handy guide:
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Lone wolfish American attacker who sees gov't as threat to personal freedom: bomber, tax protester, survivalist, separatist Group of Americans bombing/kidnapping to protest U.S. policies on war/poverty/personal freedom/ - radical left-wing movement, right-wing separatists All foreign groups or foreign individuals bombing/shooting to protest American gov't: terrorists. So according to
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AC W10 Stereotypes about Terrorists Inside the mind of Newsweek

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