Joel Mowbray

With all the attention on ?revenge? or ?vengeance,? another possible motive has been almost universally ignored.

Less than 10% of stories on Berg stated that he was Jewish, not an unimportant fact when radical Islamic terrorists say ?Death to Israel? or ?Death to the Jews? like most people breathe.

It?s plausible that Berg?s religion was not a factor in his death.  But according to news reports, he had an Israeli stamp in his passport, and it?s more than likely that his murderers knew he was Jewish.

At the very least, it is an important data point that cannot be ignored.

But ignoring is something at which the media specialize.

Consider that during the same May 11 ? May 19 period, there were more than 2,500 stories on Fallujah or Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shi?ite cleric who is leading a spirited rebellion?with relatively few followers?in the south. 

The particular focus on al-Sadr, in fact, has enhanced the perception among many Americans that Shi?ites are radicals who oppose the very concept of democracy. 

And why wouldn?t they believe that when the mainstream media has produced precious few stories on the many peaceful demonstrations?led by Shi?ites?calling for al-Sadr to lay down his arms?  Look at the numbers: of the 1,571 stories in Lexis-Nexis on al-Sadr, only 31 also contain ?peaceful demonstration? (or its plural).

With the June 30 deadline to transfer power to the Iraqi people approaching, the Washington Post on Wednesday offered the following page-one headline: ?U.S. Faces Growing Fears of Failure.?  Media groupthink dictates that the next buzzword to watch is ?failure.?

Kinda describes the media?s selective outrage in covering the war in Iraq, doesn?t it?

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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