This is what the media would take a look at if it were doing its job.
The media's take on the New Jersey ISIS flag story has been to do no other research except to talk to the flag flyer in question. And the flag flyer claims complete and total innocence.
A 44-year-old Muslim convert says it was news to him that the flag he hung outside his house is the same banner waved by the murderous jihadist group known as Islamic State.
"I hang it every Friday and every Ramadan which ended not too long ago and I keep it up a little longer than I normally do,” Dunaway told FoxNews.com. “I guess some people saw it and got offended so I took it down. I do not support any militant group or anything like that.”
But a look at what appears to be his Facebook account raises some questions.
A Facebook page that appears to be his shows that he “liked” Zaid Shakir and Bilal Philips. Both are vile bigots and terrorism supporters. Philips was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the World Trade Center bombing.
He also likes Khalid Yassin who called for killing gays and the Wahhabist Abubakar Gumi. Also liked was Abu Mussab Wajdi Akkari and the Islamic Emirate.
These are the sorts of figures you might like if you’re a convert with Islamist sympathies.
These are the sorts of Muslim figures that you're more likely to like if you have a Salafist orientation. These are the sorts of Islamic leaders who are fairly blunt about calling for the full force of Islamic law to come down on anyone and everyone... including the United States.
If we believe Dunaway, a pal of his gave him an ISIS flag. One wonders who that pal was and where Dunaway likes to hang around.
This is the sort of thing that the media would take a look at if it were interested in actually doing its job.