PLAYING WITH FIRE
“Salt Lake Jihad?” asks David Horowitz’s conservative Frontpagemag.com. The question refers not to some Latter Day Saints-Osama Bin Laden merger but rather to speculation about the shootings at the Trolley Square shopping mall in Salt Lake City on Monday. While much has emerged about the shootings, and about the shooter’s family background in Bosnia, the conservative blogosphere, such as it is, is awash with suggestions that the mainstream (as in, liberal) media has deliberately suppressed the fact that Sulejman Talovic, the 19-year-old perpetrator, was Muslim.
Leading the charge has been Littlegreenfootballs.com, which opened its account of the “six minutes of horror”, by noting: “The media did everything they could to avoid mentioning it, but it’s confirmed today that the mass murderer who terrorized a mall in Salt Lake City was a Bosnian Muslim.”
In particular, Littlegreenfootballs upbraided Salt Lake’s Deseret News for failing to mention the killer’s religion in its early reports on the incident. The paper took issue with the allegations, printing an article detailing the reaction of “ultraconservative” bloggers and publishing some of the email threats it said it had received. The postings, wrote the paper’s Elaine Jarvik and Deborah Bulkeley, “have resulted in a barrage of vitriolic emails to the News from people either angry at the paper for not mentioning the religion of shooter Sulejman Talovic in Wednesday’s web edition, or certain that because Talovic is Muslim that he must be a terrorist.”