Saturday, April 20, 2013

War of words - US media now calls Chechen Islamists "jihadists" instead of "freedom fighters"

Source: Russia Today

In the last 48 hours, an astounding change has occurred in the lexicon of the mainstream media in the United States, as Chechen Islamists are no longer being referred to as “rebels” and “freedom fighters”.  In the wake of the news that Chechens were involved in the Boston bombing (an assertion that has not actually been proven despite the media having already convicted the Tsarnaev brothers), the language immediately shifted.

In late January 2013, the NY Times carried a story from Reuters entitled “Rebels Killed in Chechnya”  in which terrorist leaders Khuseyn and Muslim Gakayev were referred to as“two of the most wanted Islamist rebels.”  The use of the word“rebels” is a clever propaganda ploy used to legitimize their cause in the minds of readers, portraying a terrorist war as simply a resistance struggle.

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