Between the Lines

Abridging Omar

Attorney General Loretta Lynch attempted to censor the three 911 calls Omar Mateen made as he was slaughtering his 49 victims at an Orlando nightclub.  All references to Islam and the Islamic State—to which he pledged allegiance as he was slaughtering his victims—were initially scrubbed.  “What we’re not going to do is further proclaim this man’s pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups, and further his propaganda,” said Lynch.

The idea that this censorship (abandoned after a public outcry) was to thwart the spread of ISIS “propaganda” is nonsensical.  Everybody knows what Mateen said; the survivors haven’t been shy about telling us.  In an Orwellian media campaign that has only been partly successful, the Obama administration and its media camarilla have decided that the “narrative” has to be altered: This wasn’t a terrorist attack by an adherent of radical Islam but a “hate crime” committed by a “troubled” young man who had “issues” with his sexuality.  NPR laid down the party line, citing administration officials who were

struck by the fact that the shooter doesn’t seem to have exhibited any of the warning signs often associated with radicalization.  They’re exploring whether Mateen invoked ISIS’s name not because he follows that group, but perhaps in hopes...

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