Three Muslim students have been found shot dead in their living quarters close to the University of North Carolina. As the BBC reported, “The bodies of Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were discovered on Tuesday, all with gunshots to their heads. A 46-year-old man, Craig Stephen Hicks, is being held on first-degree murder charges”.
So another multiple fatal shooting in a country where thousands die every year from gunshot inflicted wounds, then. But the thought has entered that the media coverage being given to this particular killing is rather lower key than if the perpetrator had been a follower of The Prophet, and one news source infamous for its apparently loaded views on Muslims is already telling anyone that will listen that it was not a hate crime.
Yes, talk of a hate crime is already been discounted by Fox, as it’s “rampant suspicion”. Nevertheless, as Mohamed Elmasry at al-Jazeera noted “The religious identity of violent perpetrators is only highlighted when they're Muslim”, and Piers Morgan observed “If a Muslim executed 3 Christian students in [the] US, it would get a LOT more media coverage than I’m seeing right now”, not everyone agrees with Fox News.
[UPDATE 1900 hours: Piers Morgan has continued to take a cynical fire of those who have tried to pass off this killing as some kind of parking dispute - like Fox News.
"And let's not call him an 'atheist', actually. Let's call him what he is: a Muslim-murdering American terrorist" concluded the former Daily Mirror editor. This may get him even more Twitter hate than usual, but the idea that someone would execute three people over a parking dispute really is coming it. Still, Fox News, and all that, eh?]