The CVE (Countering Violent Extremism narrative) demands that you not believe your lying eyes, all real reporting has to be shoved out the door in favor of carefully manufactured spin.
It’s why the jihadi attack in Minnesota was described as a man ”referencing allah” in place of the truth, that a jihadi terrorist was shouting allahu akbar and picking only non-muslim victims to stab.
— Terror Events (@TerrorEvents) September 18, 2016
It was on the minds of New Yorkers, who immediately drew comparisons to Sept. 11, 2001. It could be felt in the police response, which included teams of heavily armed officers stationed at key targets and the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Police Department.
But for Mayor Bill de Blasio and top city officials, terrorism was the word that could not be spoken on Sunday.
Seeking to project a responsible and measured reaction, the mayor pointedly avoided calling the bombing in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday that injured 29 people — and the presence of a seemingly related but undetonated device a few blocks away — a possible act of terror, declining at several points on Sunday to do so. He emphasized that there would be no “easy answers” and that no suspect had yet been apprehended.
Absent a motivation, Mr. de Blasio suggested the word terrorism should not be used, shaking his head in disapproval at the notion that the basic facts of the bombing could be described that way.