The Hypocrisies of Terror Talk
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19820
The religious identity of terrorists and the place where terror strikes shapes the rhetoric that media uses to describe the perpetrators and places.
One UK newspaper used the word shooter 14 times in a few paragraphs. Somehow, shooter doesnt sound as dangerous as terrorist, though the effect of his actions was most assuredly the same. Shooter is a code word. It meant: this particular mass killer is not a Muslim.
But wait. Not a single report, not one newscast, referred to the Kabul slaughter as an act of terror. The Afghan government did. But we did not. We referred to the suicide bombers and the attackers in much the same way that we referred to the shooter in Munich.