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December 23, 2015

The WaPo Caters a Pity Party

Filed under: Politics — The Professor @ 11:41 am

This story in the WaPo is utterly infuriating, on many levels.

In a nutshell: A British “Asian” Muslim family was denied entry into the United States by DHS.

Rather than even acknowledging the possibility that DHS had a legitimate security interest in doing so, in an alleged news story the WaPo leapt into action, blaming Trump:

Ever since Donald Trump called for a “total and complete” ban on Muslims entering the United States, many people have decried the idea of excluding people from the country just because of their religion. Would such a policy, some wondered, be constitutional? Would it be American? Would it be decent?

Now, a British Muslim family headed to Disneyland has been prevented from traveling to the United States by the Department of Homeland Security. The Guardian reported that a family of 11, headed to the California resort from Britain’s Gatwick Airport, was unable “to board the plane even though they had been granted travel authorization online ahead of their planned 15 December flight.”

Trump had zero to do with this. FFS, it was the Obama administration’s DHS that barred them from the flight, and we have had plenty of evidence that the administration, and the DHS in particular, is consumed by political correctness that leads it to avoid anything that can be even remotely called profiling of Muslims. And it’s not as if the Obama administration genuflects to Trump: Obama has in fact sharply criticized Trump’s ban-all-Muslims gambit. If this DHS has issues with you, that’s saying something.

The WaPo raises the issue of whether the family was all UK citizens. As if that should matter.  let’s not forget that the UK has a huge homegrown radical Islam problem, rooted deeply in the Asian community. The UK government acknowledges this.

Another huge red flag is the fact that the family immediately went into full-blown victim mode:

“We were devastated,” Mahmood told the British TV station ITV. “We’d planned this trip for two months — the kids were excited — and all of a sudden some person just comes and says ‘you’re not allowed to board the plane,’ with no explanation.”

“We were alienated,” he added, “the way we were just taken out the room.”

Mahmood said the children were “devastated” and had “tears in their eyes.”

In an interview with the BBC, Mahmood said he was taken aside by a British border control official just before his family was due to board the flight — and that the children knew almost instantly what was happening.

“We were the only family that were Asian, Muslim appearance. It was embarrassing that we were the only family that were taken out,” he said. “When they saw me shaking my head, the younger ones started crying. They knew straight away.”

No American officials told them why they weren’t being allowed to enter the United States, Mahmood told the Guardian, but he said the reason was “obvious.”

“It’s because of the attacks on America — they think every Muslim poses a threat,” he told the newspaper.

All of this is hyperbolic and manipulative, but the last sentence is particularly egregious. Um, Mahmoud’s experience made the news because it is clearly the exception, not the rule. “Every Muslim” is not denied entry: very few are. Mahmood & family were denied entry.

There is another exception reported in the story, a certain Mansoor who was denied entry to the US, and who also played the victim for all it’s worth.

But rather than take a skeptical or merely even-handed approach to Mahmood and Mansoor, the WaPo catered the pity party.

And that does bring Trump into the story: this clueless political correctness in the political class and its media enablers is exactly what drives Trumpism.

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  1. yeah, clearly the real reason Trump is mobilizing the GOP roots/substantial numbers of republicans think Obama is a Muslim/states are shutting the door to refugees is because of this incident. It clearly has nothing to do with the idiotic garbage that passes for conservative media in America today. Look at this recent example of the brilliant coverage offered to the conservative base:

    Muslims = big government
    Muslims = big government
    Muslims = big government
    Muslims = big government

    Comment by conservativewithabrain — December 23, 2015 @ 11:23 pm

  2. Has Michael Savage’s entry ban in Great Britain been lifted? Just asking.

    Comment by LL — December 24, 2015 @ 8:57 am

  3. The usual manipulation-ignore the general for an emotional specific. What is mass media currently if not the host of a never ending pity party that includes children whenever possible. Children in distress reaches a deeper more manipulable level of the populace. Children crying because Donald Trump won’ let them go to Disney World pretty much encapsulates the tactic.

    Comment by pahoben — December 25, 2015 @ 2:35 am

  4. What bothers me more than what pahoben describes is the media’s refusal to follow up on the developments of these stories: if it turns out this family had dodgy connections which fully justified the ban on entering the US, you can be sure the media won’t report it. Look at the “clock-boy” fiasco for an example of dishonest reporting.

    Comment by Tim Newman — December 25, 2015 @ 2:53 am

  5. @Tim
    That was my poorly stated point. The fundamental intent of mass media at this time is not to inform and elucidate but to manipulate and obfuscate. Why don’t they check further? Because they had a good set up-crying childen tied circuitously to Trump. Objective satisfied.

    Comment by pahoben — December 26, 2015 @ 4:09 am

  6. Sweden is an interesting study at this time concerning mass media unity with the ruling Social Democratic Party. The media appears intent to promote cultural suicide in cooperation with the SDP. Same tactics-crimes committed by the immigrants are attributed to inflammatory speech by the opposition Swedish Democratic Party and the poor immigrant children need our help. Special provisions under Swedish immigration law for children and miģrattion opponents note that Sweden is being overrun by bearded childen.

    Comment by pahoben — December 27, 2015 @ 1:58 am

  7. In practice the Kennedy School of Government is the James Jones School of Government.

    Comment by pahoben — December 27, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

  8. I spoke to a Norwegian recently and he told me about this-PC life is straight from the pages of Anthony Burgess.

    Comment by pahoben — December 29, 2015 @ 2:22 am

  9. Migration has likely ceased to Finland becuase migrants conisder it too boring (not enough cafes-how could we ever live here) and possibly the populace is fighting it more actively. I guess Sharia Law would sober up the place.

    There is general opposition in Denmark but the official position is that they want to amend the Geneva Convention on Refugees.

    Comment by pahoben — December 29, 2015 @ 4:28 am

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