Glenn Greenwald: U.S. media equates terrorism with Muslims
Democracy Now interviewed Salon.com’s Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday regarding the media coverage of the recent terror attacks in Norway. A number of news outlets and commentators initially blamed the attacks on Muslims extremists, but the attacks were carried out by a conservative Norwegian nationalist upset with multiculturalism.
“When it became apparent that Muslims were not involved, and that in reality it was a right-wing nationalist with extremely anti-Muslim bigotry as part of his world view, the word ‘terrorism’ almost completely disappeared from established media discourse,” Greenwald said. “Instead, he began to be referred to as a madman or an extremist.”
“It really underscores, for me, the fact that this word ‘terrorism’ that plays such a central role in our political discourse and our law really has no objective meaning. It comes to mean nothing more than ‘Muslims who engage in violence.'”
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