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    Lazy Media Declares Hillary Vindicated on Trump Terror Recruitment; Here’s Why They’r

    Lazy Media Declares Hillary Vindicated on Trump Terror Recruitment; Here’s Why They’re Wrong

    by Joe Concha | 12:17 pm, January 3rd, 2016

    The next big battle our country will face won’t be fought with bombs and bullets, but (sound)bites and social media.

    Exhibit A comes in the form of an Al-Shabaab recruitment video that includes GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. The predictable reactions occurred from there: Many claimed it vindicated Hillary Clinton’s claim at the December 19th Democratic debate that Trump was being used in ISIS recruitment videos. Only problem is that Al-Shabaab isn’t ISIS, but an offshoot of a propaganda-starved Al Qaeda affiliate. It also was just released publicly this weekend, meaning Mrs. Clinton’s claim that Trump was being used before her statement of December 19th isn’t true as no videos could be found at the time. In fact, the only videos that had been discovered with U.S. politicians in them included a former GOP frontrunner’s brother (George W. Bush), a former presidential candidate and current Secretary of State (John Kerry), a current U.S. president (Barack Obama) and Mrs. Clinton’s husband (dubbed “the fornicator“).

    No matter …Clinton will get a nice bump out of this claim just for putting it out there, accuracy and incorrect timeline notwithstanding. To get an idea, “Hillary was right:” is quite popular on the Twitter right now. But this column isn’t being written to defend Trump or criticize Clinton. Rather … it’s to illustrate just how message-savvy terror groups are becoming when it comes to understanding what makes American media tick. This is just a theory, but here’s how the Trump/Al-Shabaab video scenario appears to have played out:

    December 19th: Hillary makes claim that Trump is “becoming ISIS’ best recruiter” and was already being featured in the caliphate’s recruitment videos.

    December 20th: Trump reacts by demanding an apology. Clinton camp immediately responds, “Hell no!”. Political media/cable news goes all-in on the story, basically presenting it as a possible (juicy) preview of the 2016 general election war of words between two highly-polarizing, truth-challenged candidates.

    December 21st-24th: The verbal sparring between Trump and Hillary pivots to sexism, with Trump stating Clinton got “schlonged” in the 2008 primaries by then-Senator Obama. Hillary responds by stating Trump has a “penchant for sexism” …an opening Trump barges through. The billionaire proceeds to broach Bill Clinton’s sexist past, which turns what was supposed to be a slow news week (president on vacation, congress out of session) into a feeding frenzy like it was 1998 all over again.

    As all of this is playing out, Al-Shabaab — an Somalia-based ISIS competitor that receives little media attention when compared to the Islamic State — observes the kind of coverage the Trump/recruitment claim has received (even more than the usual avalanche) and proceeds to compile a recruitment video of its own that broaches Trump’s rhetoric around a temporary ban on immigration of Muslims (the video also broaches racism in America via Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement).

    On January 2, American media helps the video go viral while misreporting that Hillary “predicted” this would happen (again: she actually stated Trump was already being used in ISIS recruitment videos, not that it would happen). To that end, Politifact rated Mrs. Clinton’s claim as a solid false.

    Shorter version: Our media is being played for fools again. Al-Shabaab tosses the bait out, and like sharks to chum, almost all jump on the sensational angle of Trump by (via muscle memory) turning the conversation political by crediting Clinton with making a prediction about another terror group (ISIS) and Trump being used as its best recruiter (no videos from ISIS have emerged in this regard). Those who hadn’t heard of Al-Shabaab certainly have now, as it was one of top trends on Google yesterday.

    Want another prediction? Here’s one: After the next major terror attack either here or abroad, the following questions will be asked of Trump (and in similar form to the rest of the Republican presidential field):

    “How much of a role do you think the heated rhetoric by you against Muslims around the world played here in prompting this attack to occur?”

    And …

    “Do you feel somewhat responsible for giving (insert terror group) motivation to act?”

    We saw this kind of questioning after the Planned Parenthood shooting and the questions asked of GOP candidates after that horrific event. We saw it after Charleston, and we’ll see it here again: It’s the political blame game that occurs after every disturbing event. It’s the same mindset that says Gitmo is a primary recruiting tool (it’s not). Groups like ISIS don’t need a reason to attack and can use about a thousand perverted reasons for recruitment going back about 1500 years.

    Hillary got it right is what some are claiming today when it comes to Trump and ISIS. A lazy conclusion by a lazy media that continues to avoid doing simple homework and dot-connecting … all in an effort for a tidy, albeit inaccurate, narrative.

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    Trump is responsible for having the courage and guts to pronounce the ban, raise awareness of the real problem and coax both our own nation and the rest of the world to stand up against this insanity, in full, in total, across the board and the full spectrum.

    This trying to separate "terrorists" from Muslims and Muslims from "terrorists" isn't working because it's not right. This religion is evil in its current stance. Millions of people around the world live in countries where this madness is the highest law of the land that no man, citizen, woman, parliament or Supreme Court can over-ride. Two of those countries are Afghanistan and Iraq. You remember those big media events with US troops guarding the roadways to the ballot and the hooded women holding up their purple finger showing they had voted on the new Constitution? Yeah, those Constitutions they voted on declare that the Koran is the highest law of the land that nothing and no one can over-ride.

    Most Americans still don't know that. But it's true. It's why Paul Bremmer, the US Provisional Government President in Iraq after the War resigned, Bush said let them have the Constitution the way they want it, and Bremmer didn't think that was right so he resigned. Muslims in these other countries and perhaps even some in our country do not know what right is, because they follow this evil religion.

    You know what I found hilarious in that video? They bleeped Trump's use of the word "hell". These are people calling for Muslims to kill Americans or leave, these are people who stone women to death for nothing, these are people who behead Christians, but they bleep the world "hell" out of their videos, Trump said "until our representatives figure out what in the hell is going on." Al-Qaeda "bleeped" that word "hell" from their videos. They send videos of beheadings out all over the world but they bleep the word "hell" from their videos.

    The media is not only lazy, it's dishonest. My hope for 2016 is that our Free Press will work harder and not be lazy in the future and that they will honor their journalistic oaths to be honest and conduct themselves with the highest standards of integrity to not only seek out the truth but to print it and speak it. They're in the entertainment business now, and that's okay, I have no problem with that, but they need to be sure to separate the news, reporting and journalism from their entertainment adventures and make sure their entertainment adventures don't tell lies for a laugh, because after all, on most days the truth is funny enough.
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    There is no such thing as investigative reporters anymore. I agree they are lazy and sometimes seem afraid to report actual news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by posylady View Post
    There is no such thing as investigative reporters anymore. I agree they are lazy and sometimes seem afraid to report actual news.
    So true! And another thing is they copy cat report. They feed off the AP wire service and then rush out to find something to add to it and are sloppy and careless and don't dig almost as if they don't know how. And it may be that they aren't trained journalists to begin with, they're face jocks for the evening news instead of educated and trained reporters. It's really not a profession any more. It's a show.
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