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The Mel-O-Drama and media priorities (Freeper op-ed)
Freeport Ink (Illinois) | 24 Aug 06 | Me

Posted on 08/29/2006 1:39:38 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback

You’re probably quite sick of hearing about Mel Gibson, so I promise this column isn’t primarily about him or his drunken rant. Instead, I’m wondering why we’ve been treated to a seemingly infinite number of media stories about Gibson’s arrest and so few about Naveed Afzal Haq.

Haq shot up the Jewish Federation in Seattle on July 28. He hid near a security door until he saw a likely victim. Kelsie Burkum, 14, was there to visit her aunt, Cheryl Stumbo.

According to the charges filed, Haq stuck a semiautomatic pistol in Burkum’s back, telling her to open the door and to be “careful.” As they came through the door, he told her, “I'm only doing this for a statement.” He kept the gun in her back until they reached the desk of receptionist Layla Bush on the second floor. She gave him the slip while he was demanding that Bush, a Christian who is said to have loved working for the charity because of her love of helping communities, allow him to speak with a manager.

Just after that he opened fire, blowing out Carol Goldman’s knee with his first round before shooting all those nearby. Bush, Cheryl Stumbo and Christine Wexroad fell, each shot in their abdomen. At some point he also shot Bush in the left shoulder, though police believe he was probably aiming for her head.

Haq also shot Pam Waechter in the chest. She scrambled for the stairs, and Haq chased her, leaning over the railing and shooting her in the back of the head. As Dayna Klein came out of her office to investigate the noise, Haq fired at her abdomen. Klein was 17 weeks pregnant and instinctively placed her forearm in front of her belly. The bullet cut through crucial nerves, but was deflected by an arm bone and ended up in her thigh.

Despite hearing Haq say he would kill anyone who called the police, Klein crawled to her desk and dialed 911. When he returned to her office, she convinced him to talk to the dispatcher. It was then that Haq told the world why he shot six innocent and defenseless women in cold blood:

"I am a Muslim American who is angry with Israel," he proclaimed. He also expressed opposition to the American invasion of Iraq, and then went on to say, "I want these Jews to get out … I'm tired of getting pushed around, and our people getting pushed around by the situation in the Middle East."

So there you have it. Here is a man killing unarmed Jews, for reasons that fit perfectly with the agendas of Hezbollah, Hamas and Al-Qaeda. Here is an American who decided at the age of thirty to throw his life away doing the work of Hezbollah on our soil.

True, Haq’s horrified parents—in a letter of condolence and apology to Jewish groups-- mention a history of mood swings and other mental problems that eventually interfered with his work life. In fact, he was even up on charges recently for exposing himself at a shopping mall. So, some might say that the story has gained little coverage because he’s a “lone nut,” a crazy man who just happens to spout Islamist rhetoric, rather than a real terrorist.

For the problem with that assessment, consider this: When Andrea Yates killed her children and Jeffrey Dahmer killed young men, the press was rife with speculation on whether they were sane at the time of their crimes. We’ve seen none of that in the case of Naveed Haq. It’s not a willingness to declare him insane that is strange, what is strange is that there was no declaration, no debate, only a whisper barely indistinguishable from silence. Indeed, this was a “one day story” in the national media.

Instead, the void was filled with the sound of the Mel-O-Drama. We heard what Mel said drunk, but not what Haq said while sober and shooting. What Gibson said may have been little more than gibberish inspired by liquor, but Haq’s twisted vendetta can be heard across the world each Friday as venom dripping from the lips of radical imams who’ve never had a drink in their lives. Even if Gibson’s rant was heartfelt, who has he killed? Whose child has he aimed a bullet at? The worst Gibson could be is a sad bigot; the worst Haq could be has already been seen as he turned a charity into a charnel house.

The media has asked what will happen to Gibson. I ask whether Dayna Klein will use her left arm again. I ask whether Layla Bush, with a bullet in her spine, part of her liver and pancreas gone, one kidney left functioning and her spleen removed, will ever fully recover. I ask what Pam Waechter’s two adult children will tell their own kids if they ask how Grandma died.

In Los Angeles the world’s Jews were insulted by a drunk. In Seattle, six women, five of them Jews, were shot down like dogs by a man speaking the language of terror. I ask why the media thinks one is so much more important than the other.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Israel; News/Current Events; US: Florida; US: Washington; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: islam; silverback
I would like to thank KentTrappedinLiberalSeattle for his help with this. Kent's workplace was quite close to the shooting, but I ended up not using his comments. I decided they (and the aspect of Dayna Klein calling for increased gun control) would dilute the point.

I would also like to note that Bush is pretty much out of the woods, though she came within a hair of dying and a bullet is still near the spine, lodged among nerves that control her right leg. Rehab is expected to take months. She's 23 and her doctors say she came within a centimeter of a fatal hit. But Mel's career damage is so much more important...

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1 posted on 08/29/2006 1:39:39 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback
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To: 185JHP; afraidfortherepublic; aragona; arthurus; BlessedByLiberty; blitzgig; Blurblogger; ...

Silverback's column ping!

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2 posted on 08/29/2006 1:40:35 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; Alouette

Ping!


3 posted on 08/29/2006 1:41:05 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Bump


4 posted on 08/29/2006 1:42:29 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Mr. Silverback

"Instead, I’m wondering why we’ve been treated to a seemingly infinite number of media stories about Gibson’s arrest and so few about Naveed Afzal Haq. "




This one is easy, Naveed Afzal Haq didn't make an enduring film glorifying our Lord Jesus, and his message.


5 posted on 08/29/2006 1:43:15 PM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel/Russian Jewry ping list.

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6 posted on 08/29/2006 1:44:11 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 29-34)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Can you let the lady know we are praying for her. Since she'g going to be in rehab would she like some cards and letters do you think?


7 posted on 08/29/2006 1:46:36 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Mr. Silverback
I commented on another thread today that Abe Foxman and liberal American Jews stubbornly cling to the idea that conservative Christians threaten them while largely ignoring the fact that the islamofascists want them dead.

Denial? Living in the past? I dunno.

8 posted on 08/29/2006 1:50:06 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Mr. Silverback
So, some might say that the story has gained little coverage because he’s a “lone nut,” a crazy man who just happens to spout Islamist rhetoric, rather than a real terrorist.

And some would say because he is a "lone nut", a crazy man who...spouts Islamists rhetoric, he happens to be profoundly qualified as a terrorist.

What he did was terrorism pure and simple. The USA should face this fact before it is too late.

Good Op-Ed. Thanks!

9 posted on 08/29/2006 1:54:20 PM PDT by Mad Dash
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To: yonif

Ping!


10 posted on 08/29/2006 2:01:52 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback

There are murder trials going on this very minute. None make particular news.

Yet the Simpson and Blake trial made very big news. And Britney Spears may or may not be the dumbest mother on earth but she makes news too. As does Russell Crowe phone throws and Michaels Jackson's sleepovers.

Gibson makes continuing news because he is a famous celebrity. And as a celebrity he committed the most damaging act a celebrity can perform- proving his critics right.

Don't blame human nature. Billions of dollars have been made due to the public's hunger for celebrity gossip.

They get the rewards, they must suffer the consequences.


11 posted on 08/29/2006 2:03:09 PM PDT by Sabramerican (Bush Doctrine- Old: Fight terrorists. New: Cease fire with terrorists.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Thank you Mr. Silverback for bringing this to our attention *at least mine*. Still have Chill Bumps.


12 posted on 08/29/2006 2:34:23 PM PDT by mother22wife21 ( NO NEGOTIATIONS WITH EVIL FOOLS)
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To: Mr. Silverback
I ask why the media thinks one is so much more important than the other.

What the saracen did to the women is not news because it simply illustrates cultural differences. That is what Mohammedans do. It is all part of their religion and culture and to highlight it would be culturally insensitive.

13 posted on 08/29/2006 4:36:42 PM PDT by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Mr. S, you already know the answer. They hate Mel for his work with the "Passion" movie so he has to PAY!!!!!! Also, the glorification of celebrities makes his faux pas so much worse.

Secondly, again, as you know, Muslims are to be treated special, so Mr. Jihad can shoot up a few Jews - no prob.


14 posted on 08/29/2006 4:57:50 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: ansel12

Bingo!


15 posted on 08/29/2006 4:58:07 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Fiddlstix

I see your bump and raise it.


16 posted on 08/29/2006 6:28:00 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: OldFriend

I'm not in contact with Bush, but I'd bet that if you send something in care of the Jewish Federation, they'd forward it:

Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
2031 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121

There's also a memorial fund for Pam Waechter that you can contribute to at that address.


17 posted on 08/29/2006 6:46:40 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mad Dash

Thank you!


18 posted on 08/29/2006 6:47:08 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: mother22wife21

You're welcome.


19 posted on 08/29/2006 6:47:35 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Paved Paradise
Mr. S, you already know the answer.

Yeah, but...

There once was a trial. I may get a fact or two slightly off in here, buit the story is true. A woman had failed to secure her vicious Rottweiler on numerous occasions, and never dealt with the problem despite many complaints from the neighbors. Some days while she was at work the thing would just roam the neighborhooduntil she came home. One day it chased two brothers. They oldest one stayed on the ground so he could make sure his little brother made it up a tree. The dog mauled him to death while his little brother watched helplessly. We'll call the dead boy Johnny Smith.

After establishing beyond reasonable doubt that the woman was a bad actor who knew the dangers and didn't care, the prosecutor could have gone into closing arguments, reviewed a few facts, and won his case. Instead, he finished his closing argument by pulling out a $5 padlock he had bought at a discount store. He held it up, clicked it closed, and said "A five dollar lock, and Johnny Smith is still alive."

Sure, I know why Mel was roasted over a slow fire while the media ignored an act of terrorism...but consider this column my $5 Wal-Mart padlock.

20 posted on 08/29/2006 6:56:42 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback
I see your bump and raise it.

I can handle that........

Click Here

21 posted on 08/29/2006 7:18:25 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Mr. Silverback

The very first job I ever had was working for an attorney in a small law office. The very first case I worked on was a boy who was mauled. Sorry if I'm slow, but I didn't get your analogy about the padlock to your post of the question. Maybe you can clarify for me.


22 posted on 08/30/2006 8:13:53 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Paved Paradise

You're not slow. I'm just saying, the prosecutor had made his case, but the padlock was for dramatic effect, to remind everyone just how heinous the crime was. This column was the same sort of thing, a reminder of the pain and suffering and its source that was intended to show how shallow and vindictive our national media has become.


23 posted on 08/30/2006 9:36:32 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Thanks. You did an excellent job. I always enjoy your posts.


24 posted on 08/30/2006 6:01:38 PM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Mr. Silverback

Well done, sir! "I’m wondering why ..." No need to wonder, you know the whoredom of mass media has an agenda so far left of normal as to be a tipping into insanity with the self-destructive self-imposed blindness they worship as a means to empower their leftist bent.


25 posted on 08/30/2006 6:08:23 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

If this column is an example, please put me on the column ping list for the next one.


26 posted on 08/30/2006 6:09:28 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Paved Paradise

I am humbled. Thank you.


27 posted on 08/30/2006 6:31:28 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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To: MHGinTN

Done, and humble thanks for your compliments and friendship. The next one will run on 7 September.


28 posted on 08/30/2006 6:33:20 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (NewsMax gives aid and comfort to the enemy-- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1642052/posts)
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