You’ve just got to love the AP

In a lengthy article about increasingly aggressive rioting in the Paris suburbs, the AP manages only reference to “Muslim” and that with an oblique reference to France’s failure to give Muslim’s economic opportunities. The article carefully refrains from identifying by religion the current crop of gun-wielding, bus-burning “youths.”  If you can read code, though, you’ll learn that some participants in a memorial march for the two “youths” whose deaths sparked last years riots read prayers in Arabic (probably not the Lord’s prayer, if you get the AP’s oh-so-subtle drift). The following is just a bit of the “news” report (’cause it’s not really news if you leave out the main point) :

Police deployed 4,000 reinforcements as marauding youths torched at least two public buses Friday, the anniversary of the deaths of two teenagers that ignited weeks of riots in largely immigrant housing projects across France.

After the buses were burned, Paris’ transport authority curtailed bus service in the Seine-Saint-Denis region north of the capital, which is home to thousands of immigrants and their French-born children.

Thierre Ange, a 19-year-old witness, said four men attacked the bus, “made everyone get off, then they hit a woman and dragged out the bus driver by his tie” and torched the bus with a gasoline bomb in a bottle. The blackened carcass of another bus that was burned earlier stood across town in Le Blanc Mesnil.

Flaming cars became a symbol of the rioting last year, which jolted France into recognizing a failure to give equal opportunities to many minorities – especially those of Arab and black African origin – and the country’s 5 million-strong Muslim population.


Last year’s outburst of anger at the accidental deaths of the two teens – who were electrocuted in a power substation in Clichy-sous-Bois, northeast of Paris, while hiding from police on Oct. 27, 2005 – grew into a broader challenge of the French state.

Several hundred people marched silently Friday through Clichy-sous-Bois in honor of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore. Benna, 17, was buried in his father’s native Tunisia. Traore, 15, was of Mauritanian descent.Adolescent boys in hooded sweat shirts made up a large part of the mixed-race crowd, their heads bent as prayers were read in Arabic and French.  (Emphasis mine.)

I also like the way the article conveniently ignores the fact that the two boys electrocuted last year were electrocuted, if I remember correctly, as they ran from the police in an attempt to avoid arrest.

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  • Lulu

    It takes a lot of work for the media to avoid saying what is really going on. The LA Times did the same. So did Human Rights Watch in their work on the rise of European anti-semitism. As far as I am concerned, to intentionally leave out pertinent information such as this is tantamount to lying, or attempting to mislead the public. This is a betrayal of journalistic obligations, or do you think this is unintentional pc fallout?
    Following the Israeli-Palestinian conflict media coverage, I have long been amazed at what the media never tells us and what they constantly tell us. The facts and important details that they don’t tell us are just as important as what we see in the print.

  • Don Quixote

    Hi BW, This article illustrates the media bias that liberals insist is a myth. I’d be interested to hear the liberal justification for this. By the way, the article does say that the two were hiding from the police.

  • Bookworm

    Thanks, DQ. I missed that last bit — proving once again that I should never blog when I’m really, really tired.

  • Ymarsakar

    You should never blog when you are tired and reading the AP. Who knows what kind of maledict happenings may occur.

  • erp

    To those new at reading between the lines: It’s easy. If no mention is made of the perps party designation, they’re Dems; if no mention is made of where their melanin level lies along the gorgeous rainbow of colors, they’re American Blacks (if they were white, there’d be a picture along side the print) … So scan an article and in a flash you’ll know the real story.

    In France most of the Moslems are Algerian in origin and Algeria was a state in France until they “won” their independence in 1962, so these folk are French citizens no different than other Frogs and Frogs being notoriously anti-Semitic (think the “Butcher of Lyon”) have traditionally been vigorously pro-Arab. It’s irrational, I know, considering that the Arabs sided with the Nazis, but I digress.

    I think the problem in France and the rest of Europe is more the end stage of decades of socialism and not so much anti-Moslem sentiments. Although, on second thought, now that Europe has virtually wiped out its Jewish population, the Moslems may have to step in to become the new scapegoats, because unlike the CW, I very much doubt Islam will take over Europe. When they get desperate enough, as Germany did in the 30’s, another vicious leader will rise up and smite the interlopers.

    Here’s a quote from Mark Steyn, h/t Tim Blair , What gives you a better grasp of the realities of Europe today? The front-page reports on the G8 and the U.S.-EU summit? The in-depth profile of Jacques Chirac or Dominique de Villepin? Or the small space-filler about a French police lieutenant promoted to captain despite spending 12 of the last 18 years on “paternity leave,” in the course of which he wrote three books about the Beatles.

    As a summation of contemporary Europe that could hardly be improved …

    Hardly anyone could improve on anything that Steyn writes.

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  • isirota1965

    “You should never blog when you are tired and reading the AP. Who knows what kind of maledict happenings may occur.”

    LMAO! :-)

    AP is an editorial outfit masquerading as a news wire service. Their coverage of Israel and ANYTHING to do with the Religion of Peace (official motto: Call us violent and we’ll kill you) is ample evidence of that fact.

  • jg

    Great comments. What’s sad is that some of this could have readily taken from any Palestinian report of the last few years. The mock funerals, the same violence, the fire bombings.

    A nuisance, perhaps, now for France, but should it continue to grow, then..

  • http://rightwardcoffeebuzz rph098

    Don’t get too cocky my rightward friends. I’m old enough to remember a similar economic “temper tantrum” in the United States. Here, we called it “The Gingrich Revolution.” Oh the paaaain, the pain…..

  • Danny Lemieux

    The “Pain”? Gingrich may be one of the very few politicians in modern history that delivered on what he promised – an economic recovery that continues today! The major electoral issue today is the fact that his “Contract with America” was betrayed by so many of his own party (I include Bush’s drug entitlement program in this category – even though Bush did deliver on a campaign promise to do so, it was irresponsible). Overall, however, Gingrich delivered and we are better off for it.

  • Ymarsakar

    Anything with Ted Kennedy and the Democrats, cannot be anything but tainted with irresponsibility.

  • Ymarsakar

    Oh, Word might have eaten up one of my posts. Which is different from putting it into the spam filter. I hit post, and the page comes up but nothing appears, eh.

    So check out this Self-Defense program I got in the email, Bookworm and Co.

    It is worth it for just the philosophical/issue experience alone.