Norway’s mass murder and the mass media – Listening Post

Source: english.aljazeera.net
Media speculation and guesswork in the aftermath of the Norway attacks; and a one-on-one with Murdoch’s biographer.

When news of a bomb blast and shooting first broke in Norway, media organisations the world over were quick to suggest that the people behind the attacks were Islamic terrorists. Even when the facts were hazy, security experts ‘analysed’, editorials speculated and front pages questioned why Islamic groups would want to attack Norway.

Then, when the perpetrator turned out to be a white, anti–Muslim Christian, news outlets were quick to replace the word terrorist with extremist.

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