What the Media’s #FreeJihad and #FreeJahar Have in Common


Screen-shot-2013-04-22-at-9.14.11-AMThe media has turned its eye on the teenage girls tweeting and tumblring away in support of Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Before them were the Holmies, who adored James Holmes, who murdered 12 people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

But let’s not pretend that there’s much of a difference between New York Times reporters and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s groupies.

The day before the Boston bombings, the New York Times printed an op-ed from one of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguards complaining how hard it is to be on a hunger strike and the media poured on the sympathy as thickly as any of Dzhokhar’s future groupies.

“It was impossible not to feel a pang of sympathy for Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel,” Foreign Policy Magazine wrote. The Guardian described his situation as a “Supreme Injustice”. The Daily Beast added that it was a “National Disgrace” and declared “There is no way on earth that you could read the recent Times op-ed by Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel and not feel abject shame.” The Nation called for resuming Gitmo prisoner transfers and releases.

A day before the atrocity that would birth #FreeJahar had taken place; the media was in full #FreeJihad mode.

The difference between #FreeJahar and #FreeJihad is presentation. #FreeJafhrists are teenage girls and write sentences without periods and upload GIFs to Instagram. #FreeJihadists have the news and editorial pages of every paper in the world, not to mention the evening news and the cable news networks with million dollar budgets, to hammer home their message.

#FreeJahar is really a poor imitation of #FreeJihad. For over a decade, the media had run itself ragged defending and minimizing the crimes of every Muslim terrorist.

The New York Times did not suddenly wake up one morning and decide to run a #FreeSamir op-ed. It had been running sympathetic articles and editorials about Islamic terrorists all along. The pace of these propaganda pieces slowed down during the Obama era, but did not stop.

A year before the Boston Marathon bombing, New York Times correspondent David Shipler wrote an editorial claiming that the FBI was breaking up terrorist plots that it had invented. “Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own?” Shipler asked, referring to Muslim attempts to bomb the Pentagon, the US Capitol and a number of synagogues.

A year later, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev answered the question in the affirmative, but that didn’t end the outpouring of sympathy.

The New York Times headlined its feature piece on the murderous duo as “Far From War-Torn Homeland, Trying To Fit In.” The paper whitewashed Tamerlan’s domestic violence and blamed unfair setbacks to his boxing career for his killing spree. Despite all the extensive background, no mainstream media outlet showed any interest in talking to the ex-girlfriend he slapped around.

The only difference between this type of #FreeJihad journalism and the #FreeJahar Tumblrs was the illusion of professionalism. The #FreeJahar Tumblrs were only doing what liberal papers and blogs had been doing all along; searching for extenuating circumstances and suggesting that their favorite terrorist had been framed and needed to be set free. Their only mistake was bad timing and worse judgment.

Media outlets knew better than to run op-eds by Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard right after September 11. They also limited their claims that Muslim terrorists like the Bronx synagogue bombers or the Portland Christmas Tree bomber, had been set up and should be set free, to cases where the FBI had come in early enough to stop the plot and prevent anyone from being killed.

They were also better at using euphemisms, calling for prisoner transfers back to their homeland, even though a transfer to Saudi Arabia meant a stay at a luxurious terrorist rehab center followed by an inevitable return to terrorism, and at expressing their agendas in someone else’s words.

After the Boston bombings, the New York Times doubled down on #FreeJihad, running an article titled, “Despair Drives Guantánamo Detainees to Revolt.”  It quoted a Muslim adviser as saying, “Only one thing, he predicted, will satisfy the detainees: if someone is allowed to leave.”

Around the same time that #FreeJahar was getting started, the #FreeJihad media was showing them how it was done.

#FreeJihad journalists, like their #FreeJahar counterparts, showed a troubling tendency to romanticize the murderers they were writing about.

A New York Times article titled “Jihadist or Victim” described Al Qaeda member and Gitmo detainee Moazzam Begg as a “soft-spoken man with a professorial air”. When the media finally succeeded in winning Begg’s release, he went back to the UK where he was invited to participate in the University College of London’s “War on Terror Week” by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Two years later, Abdulmutallab became the Christmas Day Bomber. The New York Times described Abdulmutallab as “soft-spoken” and a “gifted student”.

Most terrorists in the pages of the New York Times are soft-spoken, except when they are being passionate. Sometimes they are even soft-spoken and passionate. They have curly hair and piercing black eyes. Like Salim Hamdan, Bin Laden’s driver, they are possessed of a “quick grin” or like Walid bin Attash, a mastermind of the USS Cole bombing, a “wry smile”.

The difference between these Tiger Beat for the NPR crowd descriptions by the #FreeJihad media and the #FreeJahar collages is polish. Both romanticize terrorists and show a studied disdain for their victims. The New York Times is just better at hiding what it is about than some suburban teenage girl.

The media’s ideological hybristophilia is every bit as obscene as the #FreeJahar collages. The teenage girl attracted to a murderer because of what he did has something rotten deep inside. But what does that say about a political movement that seeks out killers and mass murderers to worship?

Why waste time talking about the Holmies, when there are Che t-shirts on every campus, and why waste time on teenage girls who turn terrorists into pin-ups when the entire media does the same thing?

The left is in love with violence. It idolizes killers and then justifies their crimes. It denies the undeniable; that the only reason it is interested in them is because they are killers. The Red-Green alliance wouldn’t exist if the Green Muslim side of the alliance wasn’t explosively violent. The left isn’t particularly interested in Buddhists or Hindus for the same reason that it doesn’t wear Gandhi shirts or Martin Luther King baseball caps. Its attractions are strictly fatal.

The activists of the left would like you to believe that they defend terrorists despite their violence. That excuse is as thin as the claims by serial killer devotees like the Holmies or the #FreeJaharites that they are in love with their man despite the crimes he is accused of committing. It’s not despite the terrorism that they defend terrorists; it is because of the terrorism.

A movement that once thrived on violence has receded into a mass of suburban radicals driving Subarus and working to undermine the system from within. The siren song of their revolutions isn’t good government, bike paths and nutritious lunches; it’s murdering their way to power. Islamic terrorists are the closest they can come to the dark destructive power that thrills them.

If they can’t be Clyde, bombing police stations and offing the pigs, they’ll settle for being Bonnie, hanging on Mohammed’s arm while he flies a plane into the World Trade Center or sets off a bomb at the Boston Marathon.

#FreeJahar isn’t some horrid aberration. It’s the liberal approach to the War on Terror.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    NO one needs to demonstrate how morally bankrupt the media is, especially when it comes to protecting jihadists. What went down with their news museum was more than enough proof, even if their poohbahs backed down for the time being. And it goes without saying, those who lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/13/the-outgrowth

    Adina kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • truebearing

    That sums it up, quite nicely. The Left is a cult of death, and so is Islam. Their primary talent is finding ways to destroy things, or people….especially people.

    How stupid do these girls have to be to want a homicidal terrorist freed? Talk about desperation… this is depraved desperation. Can't they find someone who isn't evil to moon about?

  • http://twitter.com/informacionopti @informacionopti

    It is a religion that controls human souls. Movimientos oculares

  • Freejahar

    I am so tired of the media and the obedient sheep complaining about #freejahar and all the little fangirls. Not everyone is a teenage girl who admire Dzhokhar's looks! Why can't you get that through your thick media-induced head? The media is so desperate to prove that Dzhokhar is guilty although he is not by targeting freejahar and claiming its a fan club dedicated to Dzhokhar. Those teenage girls who only support him because he's cute, they have nothing to do, they don't have a life other then to torment and ruin the true colors of #freejahar. You must be gullible to agree obediently that #freejahar is made up of teenage girls when in fact it is made up of supporters fighting for Dzhokhar to prove to the world he's innocent. Whoever whines about the stupid teens in #freejahar shut up and think, go to freejahar, before you make your judgement. Don't always go by the media's word. I hope one day you will realize Dzhokhar's innocence. Thank you.

    • michaelharris99

      There is overwhelming evidence of guilt published by the Main Stream Media. What evidence of not guilty exists? Other than the fact that he is not a right wing loon/Timothy McVeigh?

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Fryjahar,

      Shut Up you islamofascist loving fascist socialist.

      May your "prophet" of Satan, muhammed, BURN IN HELL FOR ETERNITY.

    • logdon

      He was caught bang to rights. He'd shot at police, mowed his own brother down and then when discovered in the boat, shot at police again.

      What more evidence do you need?

      You are either a Muslim infected with their classic disease of lying denial or a lunatic leftist so far up your own fundament any light of true awareness is extinguished.

    • JustStop

      Thank you for your comment, you said everything I wanted to say. :)

  • Eugene

    The real tragedy, is that these girls might breed…..

    • Toa

      And when they do, the children will be fathered by the Dzhokhar Tsarnaevs and Dennis Rodmans among us. And I would wager that many of the first suicide bombers in the U.S. will be these vacuous girls who are prone to idolize and make obeisance to these "sexy" scum.

  • Texas Patriot

    The bottom line is that the Free World needs to become just as resolute in fighting Islamic Terrorism as the Islamic world is in fighting Western Freedom. Nothing was more revealing that seeing Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev walking through the cheering crowds on Boylston Street at the finish of the Boston Marathon. No one was more blissfully happy to be there than the Tsarnaev brothers.

    Ridding the West of the scourge of Islamic Terrorism will essentially require two things: first, putting in place legal mechanisms to hold terrorists and their sponsors financially responsible for the damage caused by teachers and practitioners of their hateful ideology; and second, giving Israel the green light to begin reacquiring absolute title to the Promised Land from all aggressors and forcibly removing all of those who do not absolutely and publicly renounce the violent aspects of Islamic ideology.

    Unfortunately, until the hateful and violent aspects of Islam are expunged from the minds of Muslims everywhere, the price of existence for Israel and the West will be perpetual war with Muslim extremists. It's not a future that peace and freedom loving Westerners would voluntarily select if we had a choice, but there is no question that it's a future which has been forced upon us by Islamic radicals like the Tsarnaev brothers who much prefer to die rather than renounce the violent teachings of Islamic jihad.

  • onecornpone

    #Freejihad… #Freejahar???

    Ah… but what would be a realistic expectation from the Mary Kate and Ashley crowd, who have been spoon-fed shallow drivel as their steady, lo-cal diet, for their lifetimes. They grew up in an academic world with everyone getting a trophy, where score was not kept. Can they possibly get enough blood on their hands to repulse them?

    A movement that once thrived on violence has receded into a mass of suburban radicals driving Subarus and working to undermine the system from within.

    So true, and might I add, with a sense of justice as twisted as those whom they idolize… You don't fix this CF we've allowed academia to create for us with a flick of a lever, or by checking a box on a form. Parents everywhere are proudly attending graduations of the product created by the Left, as if the blank slates sent in are coming out well educated.

    Where did we get the idea that we could send our children off for five or six years of Liberal indoctrination camp, and come out with people with whom we have anything in common?

    • Toa

      A great comment, but I will add one thing: the main reason that parents are proud of their brainwashed offspring recieving a near-worthless diploma is that most parents themselves are barely above the maturity and common sense level of their kids!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    FryJihad

    FryJahar

    FryMumia

  • Goemon

    What went wrong with the ny times? I'd have expected better from a media group said by CIA insiders from decades ago to have been the most cooperative. ;)

  • tanstaafl

    Never submit.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      We all must RESIST islamofascism and its puppetmaster fascist socialism.

  • emptorpreempted

    This is an outstanding article, on par with Greenfield's article about "the media's antisemitic hate machine."

  • Herb Benty

    Time to start fighting back, don't you think? Isn't this all just the "top down bottom up" attack on FREEDOM that is the Obama war on America and his PERMANENT take over of Canada and America?