Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Foolishness and Ignorance in the Press

It always amazes me that press reports are assembled with so little thought. Even as important a source of straight news as the Associated Press rarely bothers to get their facts right, instead carrying clearly ignorant statements from bigshots.

An example of what I am talking about is this item from A.P. An interesting bit is this paragraph:
Police said the bomb could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows. The SUV was parked on a street lined with restaurants and Broadway theaters, including one showing "The Lion King," and full of people out on a Saturday night.
We see the misuse of the word "shrapnel" which is being used commonly, though incorrectly, these days to describe random bits and shards from a blast, but then we see the emphasis on the production of Lion King, only later do they note the car bomb's proximity to the offices and studios of Viacom and Comedy Central, which was just recently involved in controversy due to their attempted depiction of Mohammad. Rather than merely noting the facts of that case, they insist on paying fealty to the child rapist by using the term of respect "Prophet," and claiming inaccurately that Uncle Mo was defamed by depicting him is a bear costume, rather than the fact that anyone who shows any graphic representation of Mo is marked for death. (Also marked for death are people who correctly depict him as a raper of children, but then that is the official story, so what can we do? Lie?)
The SUV was parked near offices of Viacom Inc., which owns Comedy Central. The network recently aired an episode of the animated show "South Park" that the group Revolution Muslim had complained insulted the Prophet Muhammad by depicting him in a bear costume.
Then comes the entire attempt, which goes far beyond A.P. straight to Mayor Bloomberg, to depict this as an "amateurish" attempt. The guy surely was an amateur, but this would have been a much more effective and serious event if the bomber would have remembered to open the valve on one of those propane tanks before exiting the vehicle, and he may have been harder to find if he had removed the second VIN from the engine block. Remember that the 1993 WTC bombing case was broken by a VIN on the rear axle? So these Moslem bombers are well aware of the existence of alternate ways to identify the vehicles used in these crimes.

But there is another reasonable explanation. I would postulate that it is difficult to attack America from a cave in the TTL. They need to recruit American citizens who can pass through security measures. Citizens of this nation have too much of a paper trail to successfully evade detection without substantial planning and expense. Keeping in mind our enemy, who cares not a whit for the lives of the attackers but is expert at keeping themselves alive, why is it such a leap of logic to assume that the very amateurishness is intentional? The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, has already been arrested, a mere 52 hours after the event. This could have been predicted. The amateurishness of his apparatus will make for a defense of madness, rather than religious zeal.

But I guess that is way too obvious to appear in the mainstream press. Instead they surmise all sorts of fantasies of "Lone Wolf" attacks by "amateurs." But this amateur just spent five months in Pakistan, much of that time spent in Peshawar, gateway to the Khyber Pass, home to dozens of terror training camps.