Is There a Shift in the Media Coverage of the Ft. Lauderdale Jihad?

When I opened up Google News this morning, I was surprised to see the “tawhid finger” of Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, the suspected Ft. Lauderdale mujahid, as the featured photo with the top group of news stories. It was from CNN, which just yesterday had pinkwashed one photo of Mr. Santiago-Ruiz to make him look less Latino. Later in the day they cropped out the tawhid finger — the gang sign of the Islamic State — from same photo as the one shown at the top of this post. Like other media outlets, they emphasized his military service and his history of mental problems, and mentioned his supposed argument on the plane — in other words, it was another mass shooting by a crazy white guy. Or almost white, anyway. You know, one of those bitter clingers.

But by this morning the narrative had changed, at least a little bit. Not only did they show the dreaded ISIS finger, but the text of the article included this:

Fort Lauderdale airport shooter ‘came here specifically’ to attack, FBI says

The suspected gunman who opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport “came here specifically to carry out this horrific attack,” Miami FBI Special Agent George Piro said Saturday. “We have not identified any triggers that would have caused this attack,” he said.

Authorities “continue to look at the terrorism angle” as a possible motive for the shooting rampage that left five people dead at the Fort Lauderdale airport, Miami FBI Special Agent George Piro said Saturday. “We have not ruled out anything,” he said. “We continue to look at all avenues, all motives. [emphasis added]”

In BureauSpeak, “terrorism” means “Islamic jihad”. And if the FBI hasn’t ruled it out, that means we are certain to hear more about JIM as it pertains to Esteban Santiago-Ruiz.

So why did “journalists” at CNN start discussing today what they strove so desperately yesterday to conceal? Was it because the alternative media were eating their lunch on this story? Or was it orders from above? Or for some other reason?

Read the CNN article for more details on the bizarre personal history of Mr. Santiago-Ruiz, such as this:

In November, Santiago paid a visit to the FBI office in Anchorage, telling agents he was being directed by a US intelligence agency to fight for ISIS, law enforcement sources told CNN. George Piro, the FBI’s special agent in charge, told reporters that Santiago was turned over to local authorities and he voluntarily submitted to a mental health evaluation.

12 thoughts on “Is There a Shift in the Media Coverage of the Ft. Lauderdale Jihad?

  1. “When I opened up Google News this morning….”

    While I’m sure Google News has many very respectable followers, I don’t really rely on any mainstream media be it modern online stuff like Google News or the old fashioned New York Times variety.

    (The first report I saw which caused me to go exploring about the matter was in facebook trending.)

    • FaceAche ‘curates’ its news even more heavily than Google or the MSM.

      IMHO Facebook is evil. When Zuckerberg agreed to spy on Germans for Merkel, and did so, getting one fellow into trouble in Germany for saying on his page that he didn’t like immigration, that was it. I closed our page (the Baron never saw the need to be there in the first place) as soon as word came that Zuck was reporting in.

      I can understand why FB would appeal to those with large families. It’s a wonderful way to keep up with family news. But for genuine reporting? Nope. It’s the anti-“news” for conservatives but the Left loves it. I can see why.

      • I didn’t mean to suggest it was better. Not just FB but both the Bing and the Yahoo search pages carry “trending” features. They are _some_ indication of topics of current interest (or at least what people are running searches on).

        Personally speaking, I don’t use anything Google unless it’s a nearly absolutely vital matter (it usually isn’t) and there’s nothing else (there usually is).

    • I open Google News frequently, for two reasons:

      (1) To assess the Zeitgeist. What are the opinions and priorities of our Masters? The items that Google News features (or buries) help us understand the machinations of the elites who manage the government, the media, and the academy. For that purpose it’s invaluable. Memeorandum serves a similar function.

      (2) To ascertain the Narrative. What are we supposed to think? What is true, and what is false? What must we agree with? What must we avoid even thinking about, at all costs?

      Google News was particularly helpful during the election. Every day I would get up and look at it to see what Bad Thing had been done by Donald Trump. As the election season wore on, and Mr. Trump remained alarmingly popular, he sometimes did four or five Bad Things in a single day. Google News informed me of what they were.

      Sun Tzu reminded us of the importance of knowing the enemy. I read Google News so I can better know the enemy.

      • The more amusing part was seeing NYT predictions for a Hillary victory right next to the endless Trump bashing articles. Why would the paper of record waste time and money on bashing a candidate who had no chance of winning based on NYT’s forecasting model?

        • Why? Because they know the secret of selling the news: people love to be filled with fear and loathing. That’s what the MSM sells: Henny-Penny Fear and great Lashings of Loathing to wash it down.

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