If a follower of The Prophet had told someone that he was intending to blow up a church or synagogue in a suicide attack, and that he had already obtained Semtex and a detonator from the Dark Web, not only would the cops be down on him like the proverbial tonne of bricks, it would be all over the national press. And after that, it would be all over the broadcast media. Then would come the usual array of pundits.
Severely adverse comment would be passed on Scary Muslims™. Trevor Kavanagh, Tony Parsons, Rod Liddle, Richard Littlejohn, Melanie “not just Barking but halfway to Upminster” Phillips, Doug Murray The K, and no doubt Julia Hartley Dooda, would have a field day. How different it is when the boot is so firmly on the other foot.
Meaning what? Well, if it was someone who specifically identifies as “White British”, and the intended target is a Mosque, that’s what. As the Wimbledon Times has told, “An anti-Islamic terrorist plotted to blow up a mosque in a suicide mission using a detonator bought on the dark web, a court heard … Steven Bishop, 40, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court [on Tuesday last] for a brief five-minute hearing during which his case was sent to the Old Bailey”. And there was more.
“He is charged with the preparation of a terrorist act and collecting information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism … Wearing a prison-issue grey tracksuit, balding Bishop spoke only to confirm his name and address … He also confirmed his nationality to the court as 'white British’”. Do go on.
“Westminster Magistrates' Court heard he was arrested after his recovery worker contacted police on October 28 following a conversation in which he stated he planned to carry out a bombing attack on a mosque … Prosecutor Simon Drew said: ‘He told her he was going to make a bomb and blow up a mosque in a suicide mission … He went on to tell her he bought Semtex and a detonator on the Dark Web.’”
So, media people, you’re all hot on terrorism, so who was up for covering this story? A suicide attack that could have killed dozens of innocent people. Well, Yahoo Sports has an item titled “Man appears in court accused of plotting terror attack at London mosque”. And the London Economic has told “Anti-Islamic terrorist plotted to blow up mosque in suicide mission using detonator bought on dark web”. And, er, that’s it.
Nothing in the Times. Nothing in the FT. Nothing in the Telegraph. Nothing in the Guardian. Very little in the Mail or Sun. Nothing in the Express. And nothing in the Mirror. If Bishop had been a Muslim, all of those papers would have had something so say. So would the broadcasters, but there is little on the BBC, or ITV, or Sky News, or Channel 4. Can everyone now see why so many might not trust the media?
A potential suicide bomber is not news if he is “white British”. Food for thought for all those who claimed there were more Darren Osbornes out there. Because it seems there are.
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