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Monday, August 29, 2022 

Reuters employed moral equivalence and distortions in their coverage of Rushdie solidarity gathering

When Salman Rushdie was violently stabbed by a jihadist a few weeks ago, there came a solidarity gathering at the NYC public library. But when Reuters reported about it, they made use of some reprehensible moral equivalence, along with at least one distortion. First:
Police say Rushdie was attacked by a 24-year-old New Jersey man who rushed a stage and stabbed the writer in the neck and torso at a literary festival in western New York last week. Rushdie, who was rushed to a hospital, survived.

There were no bag checks or metal detectors to screen for weapons ahead of the appearance by Rushdie, who had been living under a death sentence for 33 years.
And this is exactly why Rushdie fell victim to an act of terrorism. How is it that all sorts of US-based institutions still refuse to employ serious security measures? And will the Chapaqua Institute apologize to Rushdie for the disaster they enabled? Now here's where bizarre left-wing moral equations come in, with no serious effort made to highlight right-wingers who received threats:
"Love Is an Ex-Country" author Randa Jarrar said in an email interview this week that she had to learn how to "better aim a gun" and prepare physically in case of attack after a tweet about former first lady Barbara Bush prompted threats.

When Bush died in 2018, Jarrar described her as an "amazing racist" for a comment about the majority-Black communities displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The Muslim author said she feared for her life when critics posted her home address and phone number online. She and her child began receiving death threats.

Every threat she received mentioned that she is Muslim and warned her to go back to where she came from, Jarrar said. She moved, and hired a company to scrub her private data from the internet.
So they're employing a moral equivalence tactic by highlighting an Islamist writer who supposedly got threats, but without providing any deeper fact-checking beyond that. When here, Rushdie fell victim to the ideology she upholds. How do we know she's not resorting to taqqiya (deception)? Now that is such hypocrisy. And it continues with this:
Queer Chicana writer Myriam Gurba faced threats after she criticized author Jeanine Cummins in 2020 of cultural appropriation in writing the novel “American Dirt,” which focused on a Mexican woman who escaped a drug cartel to build a new life in the United States as an undocumented immigrant.

Gurba said many people supported her, but she also received threats of violence on her phone and the internet.

"The first death threat that I received stated that the police should execute me for my stupidity,” she said.
What about all the defamation and death threats Cummins herself recieved following the novel, which was attacked as "cultural appropriation" by far-leftists? This too is contempt for the real victims, and Reuters should be ashamed of themselves for throwing Cummins under the bus for the sake of this victimology. Something tells me Mexicans living in Mexico proper wouldn't make a big deal about this by contrast, considering all the horrors the cartels have been causing there, and any attention drawn to the subjects are vital for combatting crime.

Quillette, in their history of Rushdie's experiences, said:
Salman Rushdie has risked everything for his art. Like Jyllands-Posten editor Flemming Rose, the slain cartoonists and satirists at Charlie Hebdo, and numerous other courageous writers, thinkers, artists, and intellectuals hunted across the globe for violating ancient taboos against blasphemy, he has stood up for free thought and expression, even as others have disgraced themselves by offering excuses on behalf of those who perpetrate lethal violence in the name of religion.
But what have some of the leftists Reuters pays lip service to done to defend his art? Almost nothing. That the news agency would dampen the impact of the subject by citing victimologists only signals how unserious they really are.

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