Liberal Media is in denial over Islamist Terror – My Column in the Toronto Sun

Boston woundedFriends,

It is troubling to read Islamist-friendly articles being published as commentary in the liberal media around the world, from India to Indiana. Bias is one thing, but when op-eds are based on fabrication and total untruths, a line is crossed.

Read this column in today’s Toronto Star by one of their Muslim contributors. She bases her commentary on a complete fabrication, suggesting the Muslim Munich terrorist had nothing to do with Islam and thus building her argument on that fabrication. She writes:

Last Friday’s mass shooting in Munich was rapidly recast as a “non-terrorist” incident as soon as any suspected connection with “Islamism” was discredited. David Ali Sonboly, it seems, was motivated by right-wing and anti-immigrant extremism rather than “Muslim radicalism”; and so he quickly became a “depressed loner” rather than a “terrorist.”

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Nonsense. No one ‘rapidly recast’ Ali Sonboly as a “non-terrorist”. Not a single person came to the conclusion once the dust had settled, yet the Toronto Star allowed this fabrication of the truth to fly as fact.

In fact the first witness and the only one to see the shooter in close quarters stated explicitly that he yelled ‘Allah O Akbar’ before firing his gun. The witness was an Albanian Muslim mother and had no reason to lie.

Here she is on CNN, a clip ignored not just by the Toronto Star columnist, but also CNN commentators and hosts as the evening unfolded.

It’s not just the Islamist opinion writers in the Toronto Star who are pushing the propaganda of international Islamism and trying to cover up and downplay our fears of the jihadi threat, but also the editors who go out of the way to trivialize the acts of terror. When two ISIS jihadi terrorists beheaded an 84-year old Catholic priest in France, the news got major coverage around the world, but in the liberal Toronto Star it was diminished to page 10 as a single-column report. almost as if it was a death in a traffic accident. Here is a comparison between the story as it covered in two Toronto newspapers. You can guess which one was the Toronto Star.


Presenting themselves falsely as ‘moderate’ Muslims, this is just one tactic being used by wealthy westernized Islamists using their charm and lavish hospitality at mosques and community centres to influence editors. Elsewhere it is the disease of ‘White Guilt’ that makes mainstream journalists and broadcasters to parrot the propaganda fed to them by highly well organized Islamic groups in North America and UK (less so in Europe).

Here is my column written in response to the abysmal surrender to Islamist propaganda by the liberal media and liberal commentators on CNN and BBC too.

Read and reflect.



July 27, 2016

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

While the rest of the world reels from the shock of recent Islamist terror attacks in Germany and France, our ruling elite and media seem to be in a state of denial, if not fear, of being labelled “Islamophobic”.

The talking heads that feed our 24/7 news appetite on networks like CNN and the BBC best illustrate this condition.

The clearest example of such unnecessary caution was displayed following the July 22 Munich terror attack in which the gunman, David Ali Sonboly, committed suicide.

Among the first eyewitnesses who saw Sonboly in close quarters before he began his rampage, was a Muslim woman who spoke to CNN:

“My son saw a man in the toilet loading a gun. It was a pistol .… I hear ‘Allah O Akbar’ ‘Allah O Akbar’. This I know because I am Muslim. I hear this and I only cry.”

Despite a clear statement identifying the shooter as a Muslim, CNN’s hosts and commentators refused to give any credence to the women’s account. There was even speculation the terrorist was a right-wing German extremist.

Tom Fuentes, former FBI Assistant Director effectively questioned the woman’s account by saying “Whether it’s Islamic terrorism or whether its right-wing terrorism designed to cause a backlash against Islamic people in Germany, and that’s a possibility as well…”

Michael Weiss, the respected author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, shrugged off the ‘Allah O Akbar’ clue, saying:

“The alleged shooter describes himself as being a German… I’ll be honest with you, I am tending a little bit more away from ISIS at this point,” he said.

Watching this exchange, I felt I was in some parallel universe, where truth, common sense and courage had committed collective harakiri.

My wife, amused at my exasperation reminded me of Matthew 15:14 in the Bible: “So ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch.”

As if the German right-wing theory being pushed by the talking heads were not enough, CNN’s “terrorism analyst” Paul Cruickshank comment made me shut off the TV set.

He predicted, “We don’t actually even know it’s terrorism in the sense of an attack with a political motive at this point” and later added “this may not end up being a terrorist attack at all.”

An hour later when I reluctantly came back to hear the latest from Munich, CNN’s justice correspondent Evan Perez set the seal by making the following pronouncement:

“It’s the fifth anniversary of the attack in Norway in which a right-wing attacker blew up a bomb at the parliament and then went after a youth conference…”

In the meantime the Muslim woman’s clip, who heard the “Allah O Akbar” giveaway chant, seemed to disappear from subsequent broadcasts.

Soon, Norway, Breivik and the German right-wing extremists were being touted as the villains. The inability to utter the words “Muslim” or “Islamic” was also reflected in the subsequent attacks this week.


On July 25, when an ISIS Syrian-born suicide bomber blew himself up outside a music festival in Bavaria, the BBC headline (subsequently changed) read: “Syrian migrant dies in German blast”.

The politically blind are indeed leading us. Fortunately the rest of us can see through this cowardice.

5 comments for “Liberal Media is in denial over Islamist Terror – My Column in the Toronto Sun

  1. Rebecca
    July 28, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Thank you , Tarek Fatah for having the courage to expose the deniers of Truth in the media, especially when it’s about radical jihadi Islamists.

  2. Patrick Moxon
    July 28, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Tarek, you impress me with your guts to ‘spit in the face of the enemy’. Further, you provide inspiration just by the intelligence of your writing, backed up by facts – both historical and current. What will it take to wake up those who daydream and only see a false reality through ‘rainbow’ coloured glasses? I am but a bit player with nothing but a small role to play in this battle to bring truth to the masses. May God protect you and bring you success…

  3. Ankur Pandey
    July 29, 2016 at 3:12 AM

    Tarek I agree with you.Not sure why the media is so soft when it comes to Muslim terrorists. I believe you are aware about the recent Kashmir issue.There is so much hue and cry about civilians killed by security forces but not a single news channel asked the question what these innocent civilians where doing on the streets when a curfew was in place. In Kashmir it’s only jihad these are no innocent civilians these are terrorists just not armed till now. A crack down on these civilians is the only way to bring peace in Kashmir.Hope our new government does that.

    Great work Tarek…All the best

  4. Chengara
    July 29, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Tarek – You call a spade a spade without fear and many thousands of people like you are needed to transform the mindset of the religion you are born!

  5. Cindy
    February 21, 2017 at 2:41 AM

    Looking for responsible journalism, not labeling or hating any group as a whole for the actions of the few. I’m a Christian, but not of the Westboro Baptist Church variety . Hard to find decency when being led by the decadent.

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