Bill Donohue comments on media coverage of the man who plowed a truck into a crowd in Nice, France:
Here is a sample of some of the most common statements and headlines issued by the media on Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the truck driver who killed at least 84 people in Nice, France:
- “A Frenchman of Tunisian descent drove a truck through crowds….”
- “French Tunisian Truck Terrorist Identified”
- “Truck Attack in France Kills at Least 80”
- “Attack in Nice: Driver of Truck Identified as 31-Year-Old French-Tunisian”
Rare is the story that identifies him as a Muslim. A Lexis-Nexis search found 162 articles on the massacre, and in 108 of them they cited his Tunisian descent. Even though many witnesses said they heard him shout “Allahu Akbar,” only 19 stories mentioned it.
If an Irish-Catholic madman were to mow down scores of people, yelling “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,” every media outlet would identify him as a Catholic terrorist.
It’s not just the Obama administration that refuses to discuss the religious identity of Muslim madmen, the media are just as bad.