By Andrew Bolt
So in the more than 6000 words filed by The Age on its live coverage thread by 8.30am on Saturday, the word “Muslim” was used just once: “The brothers are Muslims believed to be of Chechen origin, but there is still no clear motive for the attack.”
“No clear motive”, even though by then we knew Tamerlan, the elder brother, named after a famous Muslim warrior, had called himself “very religious” and died with a bomb strapped to his chest.
Moreover, a YouTube account in his name was stuffed with videos of calls to jihad and homages to terrorism….
Same in yesterday’s Sunday Age editorial.
It mentioned the bombers were Chechen, but not that they were Muslim, adding: “It should be noted that information that emerged. . . didn’t fit into any neat profile, aside from the fact that the suspects were young adult males.”…
Sydney’s Sun-Herald likewise dodged the “M” word in yesterday’s editorial: “Their mother said her elder son got involved in religion about five years ago and believed her sons were controlled by someone else.”
What religion was that? The editorial didn’t say, even though the bombers’ mother had: “[Tamerlan] talks about Islam a lot.”
But no hesitation today about naming the religion of an alleged perpetrator:
Except this time the religion ain’t the religion:
Police spokeswoman Leonie Johnson said Donald Cornell, who was a bus driver at the Orthodox Adass Israel School in Elsternwick and Melbourne’s Yeshivah Centre, was charged with six counts of indecent assault on March 19… Chief executive of victim advocate group Tzedek Manny Waks said Mr Cornell, who is not Jewish…