You Know What a Lot of People Would Call That?

Okay, I hadn’t paid much attention to the phenomenon until recently, but here’s another piece of evidence that it’s true that the US media will not call you a terrorist unless you’re Arab or at least Muslim.

Here’s today’s NY Times story Car Bomb Explodes in Spain.

No lie, there is no permutation of the word terror in this article about an explosion that injured a police officer.

There’s little doubt about the perpetrators since the ETA, described here as a Basque separatist group, called and warned about it in advance.

The article does bother to mention this:

ETA has killed more than 800 people since the late 1960s in its battle to create an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.

That’s a not-insignificant number of dead people. Wikipedia includes the information that they’ve also committed dozens of kidnappings. I think the important thing to remember here is that ETA is not Arab or Muslim. I guess. I’m pretty sure if an Arab organization had bombed a populated area where Christians congregate on Easter weekend, the word terror would appear in the newspaper article.

ETA is not new. Wikipedia:

From 1968 to December 2007 ETA has killed 821 people[dubious – discuss][2] and committed dozens of kidnappings. ETA is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by both the Spanish and French[3] authorities as well as the European Union as a whole,[4] the United States, and the United Nations. More than 500 members of the organization are incarcerated in prisons in Spain, France and other countries[5].

Bolding mine.

I’m not sophisticated enough with blogging yet to know how to do a poll, and I’m not sure WordPress supports them anyway, but I would like to know if you think the word terror, terrorist, or terrorism should have been included in the article.

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