Liberals create fake news to avoid reality of Islamic terrorism

Power Line:
A prominent theme is that Republicans don’t care about truth:

Why would the Trump administration paint a picture so starkly at odds with reality? It’s simple: A vision of the nation besieged provides clear justification for policies that will advance Sessions, Bannon and Miller’s divisive nationalism.

So it must have been embarrassing when, this morning, the Times had to admit that Bazelon’s article included an important piece of fake news. This is today’s correction:

An article on March 5 about the Department of Justice included outdated statistics. It is not the case that non-Muslim extremists have killed nearly twice as many Americans as radical Muslims since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the New America Foundation. That was true until the mass shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., and Orlando, Fla. Radical Muslims have now killed nearly twice as many Americans as non-Muslim extremists.

The original statistic was silly on several grounds. It started on the day after the September 11 Islamic terror attacks killed 3,000 Americans, which is absurd. And it depended on how a liberal group classified violence as “extremist” as opposed to merely criminal. But Bazelon’s citation of this old liberal chestnut was sadly out of date, and her statement was unquestionably false.
There is more.

Some have become so oppositional to reality that they ignore the dangers posed by radical Islam.  If Republicans want to fight and defeat radical Islam they oppose the policies needed to do so.


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