CNN Keeps Up With The Sentimental And Pleasing Lie About That Synagogue In Norway
Look at the photograph that heads an article that attempts to “put into perspective” well-justified alarm about antisemitic attacks and attitudes in Europe, which rise pari passu with the rise in the Muslim population — it’s a false photograph, because it shows a handful of Musliims holding hands, outside that synagogue in Norway, which hand-holding by three dozen or so Muslims (most of them apparently Kurds, many wearing identifiably Kurdish dress — and the Kurds have their own reasons for seeing a similarity between Israel and Kurdistan) was first reported as “a crowd of about 1,000 Muslims” until the hopeful story, so pleasing to so many who want to believe that Everything Will Be Okay, was exposed as a fabrication. But apparently CNN thinks it can continue to ignore that, and to publish, as it does here, a photograph that continues to mislead, just as it continues to refer to the “1,000 people,” “most of them Muslims,” who were surrounding that synagogue in Norway. Can’t CNN ever admit it was wrong? Can’t it at least take a look at the reports by Agence France Presse and others correcting the initial, and false reports, by CNN and others? What gives CNN the right to publish such a misleading photograph more than a week after the initial reports were corrected by others? Will this be looked into by anyone at CNN? Or by any other journalists, trying to discover why stories that either show Muslims as victims of anti-Muslim hostility (that attempt to portray what was clearly a semi–demented man’s murderous lapsus in Chapel HIll into a “hate crime”) or as noble embodiments of decency, standing up to Protect the Jews (as that Ring of Protection by “1,000 Musliims” in Norway), have a long life, live on long after they have been exposed and exposed again? Surely this is worth study and discussion.