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New York Times Fails to Use 'Muslim,' 'Islamic' in Initial London Terror Coverage
Thursday's print edition of the New York Times failed to use the words "Muslim" or "Islamic" in its coverage of the London terrorist attack that left four dead, but did not shy away from condemning "deadly" anti-Muslim "Hindu extremists" in India.
The paper of record quoted a law enforcement official who said Wednesday's attack outside Parliament was "inspired by international terrorism," but did not focus on what motivated the attacker. It repeatedly referred to the suspected terrorist—who was shot dead by security after stabbing a police officer to death—as an "assailant" or "lone male" responsible for the "confusing swirl of violence." Even when the paper described parallels with previous terror attacks carried out by Muslim extremists, it refused to say the motivating factors in each case.
"It appeared to be the most serious such assault in London since the deadly subway bombings," the paper said in a front-page story titled "Deadly Rampage in Heart of London." There was no mention of what motivated the July 7, 2005 bombings that left 52 dead and more than 700 injured, nor was there any mention of the identity of the attackers.
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