CNN Uncertain about Terrorists

CNN just announced, 10 minutes ago as I write this, that the hostage crisis at the BP refinery in Algeria is over.

I was struck by their odd language:

At least 23 hostages and 32 “terrorists” were killed around the sprawling facility in eastern Algeria’s desert, Algerian state news said Saturday, citing the military. Some 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners have been freed, those reports said. It is not clear how many people, if any, are still unaccounted for.

CNN apparently is uncertain whether the murderous jihadists who attacked and killed so many at the plant are really terrorists.  Perhaps, in the collective mind of CNN’s editorial staff, they were simply protecting the Earth against this fossil fuel operation.  Media sympathies for eco0terrorism go back a long time, and I’ve written of them before, including CNN’s own Sanchez.  And academics like eco-terrorists, too. From a cover of Nature magazine:

Unwise Branding: Equating animal-rights activism with terrorism increases the penalties for offenders and will please many of their victims. But it is not in the interests of science.

In this case CNN actually quotes in the article others, including UK Prime Minister David Cameron, describing the jihadists as terrorists.  And they’ve already claimed to be part of a movement that just splintered off of an al Qaida group.  Still CNN is unsure…

But their minds are made up about the violent, radical Tea Party.  A curious dichotomy.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle