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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Deciphering AP/CNN Spin of Kenyan Church Massacre

Reported AP this morning: "At least 50 bodies have been found in a burnt church, the Associated Press has reported the Red Cross as saying, as tribal (italics mine) tensions simmered following the contested election of incumbent President Mwai Kibaki." (Link to CNN article here.) The key point CNN failed to mention was that Kibaki's (Kibaki is Catholic) opponent in the election, Raila Odinga, had pledged to enforce strict sharia law in Kenya. (Link to reference article here.)

CNN's customary "head-in-the-sand" (to put it politely) mischaracterization of the violence as "tribal" disguises the true nature of the conflict which is Islamists murdering infidels. It also belies an unwillingness to do the hard journalistic work necessary to excavate the underlying, disturbing motivation behind such an act.

Some Kenyan election polls had suggested an Odinga win. Clearly, the Kenyan Islamists could "almost taste" a sharia government and are not responding well to the disappointment. What better target for their ire than a church full of one of the (their) worst kind of "infidels," Christians. Don't expect the situation to improve any time soon.

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