17 Jun, 2016
Corporate Media’s Spin on Orlando Shooting Is Boosting America’s Dirty Wars in Muslim-Majority Countries | Alternet
Within hours of Sunday morning’s horrific massacre at the LGBTQ Pulse club’s Latin night, numerous political elites were already banging the drums for retaliatory military escalation against ISIL and hardline crackdown against Muslim-American communities. Major media outlets enabled this war crescendo by uncritically amplifying hawkish voices while repeatedly failing to mention that there is no concrete evidence that the killer, Omar Mateen, had any material ties to ISIL or other militant Islamist groups beyond U.S. borders. Such omission comes despite the fact that FBI director James Comey told reporters Monday, “So far, we see no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States, and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network.” CIA director John Brennan confirmed Comey’s remarks on Thursday, telling the Senate intelligence committee that the agency has identified no evidence of ties between Mateen and ISIL. While Mateen might have claimed allegiance to ISIL, there is no proof that the group instructed him to carry out the attack.