Two Murders -- Two Media Standards
Abdulhakim Muhammad, Pvt. Long’s killer, had his reasons for engaging in cold-blooded murder. He was retaliating against these soldiers for the U.S. military’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For the mistreatment of Muslims, this young man said. This was an act of domestic terrorism -- a protest against the American conflicts abroad.Which one is buried and which one on the front page?
Meanwhile, one day earlier, George Tiller, a late-term abortion doctor in Wichita, Kan., was gunned down in church. His murderer, a disturbed man named Scott Roeder, “wanted a scapegoat,” his ex-wife said. “First it was taxes -- he stopped paying. Then he turned to the church and got involved in anti-abortion.”
Two men, two murderers -- two lost boys trying to recover dreams of manhood in two violent and disturblingly similar acts.
Is God sending us a message?
At The New York Times, one story is front-page news; the other is buried in the back pages.
You don’t even need to ask.