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July 21st, 2004
Fear and Fearmongering

There’s a very good piece in Salon today about terrorists flying the friendly skies. You can read it here (the usual ad-watching applies).

I read the piece the pilot is referring to, and found it to be exactly as he describes it: a fear-mongering, racist piece, yet another one of those “All Middle Eastern Men” are bad stories. Fourteen Syrian musicians are travelling around the US because they’ve been hired to play for a hotel, but instead we are supposed to believe that they are actually terrorists in disguise? This is straight out of Hollywood. What’s more, the writer lost all credibility for me when she quoted Ann Coulter like she was a legitimate journalist, not a shrill editorialist who plays fast and loose with the facts.

Fear is used to control people, and clearly people are less afraid than they used to be. It’s obviously time to turn up the rhetoric to scare people into voting “properly” in November.

Posted by Claire at 09:21 AM | Politics | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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