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Is the Media’s Reporting on the Times Square Bombing Teaching the Enemy?

Posted By Ryan Mauro On May 4, 2010 @ 9:00 am In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

The Daily Show had an interesting point last night about how the media’s explanation of why the car bomb in Times Square failed could actually be teaching the terrorists. It is obvious from the failed crotch-bombing on Christmas Day and this latest incident that the new generation of operatives is not up-to-par with their elders.

Those with the proper knowledge aren’t applying to become terrorists, and the recruits that want to carry out attacks aren’t getting the training they need. This is a strong testament to how successful we’ve been thus far in the War on Terror.

But should the media really be explaining what they did wrong? Watch the Daily Show segment to see a montage of how the cable news networks were explaining that the propane tanks did not have their valves open and the wrong type of material was used. You’ll have better luck with ammonium nitrate, the media suggests.

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The terrorists obviously know something went wrong and will look into how to fix their mistakes, and Jon Stewart is making a valid point. The perpetrator of this attempted attack used items that are cheap and easy to obtain. Abdulmutallab, the crotch-bomber, received his sophisticated, if flawed, explosive from Yemen. It looks like this latest attacker constructed it himself. This shows that that the latest batch of terrorists may be mostly self-taught, or the groups that may have dispatched him are in such desperate need of expertise that they are basically starting from scratch.

The little things the media is saying might seem simple, but it’s obvious that some of these terrorists are lacking in these simple things. The media should keep in mind that the next terrorist might only have the Internet, a library, and cable television to go off of, and every terrorist that is considering carrying out an attack is paying close attention to the news to find out what went wrong. It’s probably not a good idea to give a run-down of what worked and what didn’t.


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