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SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 05/09/2005 :  12:53:16  Show Profile Send Gorgo a Private Message

Double Standards in Effect
Eric Rudolph is a Christian fundamentalist. Yet the same media outlets that love to point out when a terrorist is Muslim almost universally failed to note Rudolph's extremist Christian worldview. I ran a Google News search for "Eric Rudolph" and turned up about 4,100 results. But when you add the word "Christian" to that search, and the results drop to just 81 stories.

By way of comparison, a search for "Zacarias Moussaoui" -- the so-called 20th 9/11 hijacker -- already garners about 3,870 results (his guilty plea is far more recent), but add terms like "Muslim," "Islam" and "Arab" to the search, and you find about 83 stories noting Moussaoui's religion or ethnicity. And I would venture a guess that if you asked the average American the extreme version of which religious ideology drove the 9/11 hijackers, vs. which one drove the Olympic bomber, the gap would be drastic. In fact, probably a number of people would say Rudolph was Muslim...

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Posted - 05/09/2005 :  14:11:08   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send trishran a Private Message
A lot of stuff I've seen about him in the media doesn't even call him a terrorist. Also, media coverage of Timothy McVeigh was the same, leaving out adjectives like terrorist, Christian, white supremicist...

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Posted - 05/09/2005 :  23:35:22   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message

I'm not sure those numbers are all that statistically significant. Am I reading this right?
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