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Social Media calls out Media’s political correctness in reporting Berlin Attack

Author: Hemant Bijapurkar
Publication: Opindia.com
Date: December 20, 2016
URL:   http://www.opindia.com/2016/12/social-media-calls-out-medias-political-correctness-in-reporting-berlin-attack/
Just as the world was coping with the on camera assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, news broke of another terrorist attack, this time in Berlin where an unknown attacker drove a truck through a busy street in a Christmas market killing 12 pedestrians and injuring 48.  The attacker in this case is being reported as a Pakistani refugee. This attack is eerily similar to what happened this July in Nice, France where a similar ‘truck’ claimed the lives of 87 people. Soon the media started coming out with headlines which implied that the truck caused this incident out of its own will and refrained from giving any inking that it was a terrorist attack let alone try find out if the attack had any links to a particular religion.

Soon social media users noticed how main stream media reports were being framed and took to twitter to call out the highly politically correct position taken by the main stream media.

CNN which had recently faced ire after leaking its questions to Hillary Clinton, looked like getting into another controversy:

Paul Joseph Watson @PrisonPlanet
It's just a "truck crash," says CNN. Not an attack and definitely nothing to do with Islam.
2:25 AM - 20 Dec 2016

When the media dismisses a guilty confession coming out of an under trial’s mouth as falsehood:

An Individual @Citizen751908
Berlin Police - Terrorist attack
ISIS - We did it

Sky - Lorry 'attack'

ITV - Deadly lorry
CNN - Truck crash
BBC - Lorry crash#fakenews
3:12 AM - 20 Dec 2016

If such reporting continues then some lorries might end up going to jail:

Tarek तारिक Fatah @TarekFatah
BBC from Berlin: Lorry kills nine at Christmas market.

Shame on u @BBCNews. It wasn't a 'lorry'; it was a Jihadi. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38373867 …
4:37 AM - 20 Dec 2016

Some satirically tried to point out the hypocrisy of the media:

Arnold's Soundness @brakoo
The truck's sister said the truck was very pious & went to the local garage 5 times a day for tune-ups.#NiceAttack pic.twitter.com/Ai04IgsxzY

Arnold's Soundness @brakoo
The lorry's sister said the lorry was very pious & followed the 'auto manual' word for word.#BerlinAttack pic.twitter.com/TLUDMaYrEe
6:16 AM - 20 Dec 2016

Even while blaming the attack on a vehicle the media was confused if it was a truck or a lorry which carried out the attack. And yes there’s a difference:

SydneyTrads @SydneyTrads
Looks like the reliable mainstream media cannot make up its mind whether the #BerlinAttack was perpetrated by a "lorry" or a "truck".
6:23 AM - 20 Dec 2016

BBC was still hoping that it was all an accident:

Anna Kulka @annakulka82
#BerlinAttack Pakistani Refugee hijacks truck, murders Polish driver, kills innocent people and @BBCNews still pushes the #accident angle 🙄
8:08 AM - 20 Dec 2016

Maybe from now on there would also be a distinction made between good trucks and bad trucks:

Faith J. Goldy ن🇨🇦 @FaithGoldy
For the next 48 hours, "lorry" and "truck" will be euphemisms for "Pakistani refugee". Tell your friends. #BerlinAttack
6:17 AM - 20 Dec 2016

Finally CBS went so politically correct that it called the Christmas market where the attack happened as a ‘holiday market’:

Shawn Alain @GoodVibraShawn
#fakenews @cbc suffering from Stockholm syndrome. It was a Jihadist not a truck, it was a Christmas market not holiday market #BerlinAttack https://twitter.com/cbcalerts/status/810932199147130884 …
7:47 AM - 20 Dec 2016


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