Pulitzer Rewarded to Reporters Critical of the NYPD’s Successful Counterterrorism Efforts



Earlier in the week, Zarein Ahmedzay testified in a federal court in Brooklyn, New York.  In his testimony he stated that co-conspirator Adis Medunjanin “was committed” to executing a sequence of terrorist attacks in New York City.  Another man, Najibullah Zazi, pleaded  guilty to the plot which was uncovered by the FBI and the NYPD.

It just so happens that on the same day, the Associated Press (AP) won a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles “revealing” the New York Police Department’s widespread spying on Muslims.  This would be the spying which circumvented several terrorist plots—all of which were formulated to kill an untold amount of people. Maybe another 3,000 or more?

For castigating those who prevent terrorist attacks, four AP reporters were rewarded with a Pulitzer, by the Pulitzer Board at Columbia University.  The board described the four’s efforts as “their spotlighting of the New York Police Department’s clandestine spying program that monitored daily life in Muslim communities, resulting in congressional calls for a federal investigation, and a debate over the proper role of domestic intelligence gathering.”

And yet, the NYPD has managed to stop 14 terrorist attacks since 9/11.  Moreover, according to a Quinnipiac University poll, 82% are of the opinion that the NYPD has been vigilant in combating terrorism.

But, to those with self-imposed blindness, facts and statistics mean nothing.  FrontPageMag.Com reports:

“None of it matters to those determined to undermine the strategy. In February, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) demanded that the NYPD be investigated for using federal drug fighting funds to help underwrite its surveillance of Muslim mosques and businesses. “We are deeply concerned that federal resources may have been used and spying information stored in violation of federal regulations that protect Americans’ privacy and constitutional rights against law enforcement overreach,” said Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project. In March, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed he was “disturbed,” and that the NYPD’s methods for combatting terrorism are “under review at the Justice Department.” 34 members of Congress demanded a federal investigation, as did the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), while schools such as Yale, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Buffalo condemned surveillance aimed at their students.”

Predictably, the New York Times did not eviscerate the would be attackers, but instead went after the NYPD.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLI), an organization specializing in Constitutional law, the surveillance techniques used by the NYPD were constitutional.  Jay Sekulow, Chief Counself of the ACLI states: “The surveillance techniques used by the NYPD pose no constitutional concerns and reflect a sound and legitimate response to ongoing terrorist threats facing New York and America.”  The ACLI’s analysis can be viewed here.

At the same time, consider the mainstream media’s perpetually biased reporting of Gaza strikes on Israel.  Headlines usually make it appear as though the Gaza strikes on Israel are merely a response to an attack, though in actuality the Israeli strikes are a taken as a defensive measure.  Arutz Sheva reports:

‘One of the most blatant biased versions was printed in the Denver Post, which headlined, “Israel launches Gaza airstrikes; Palestinians Reply with Rockets.” If the reader went past the headline, he then could discover that an Israeli spokesman “said the first attack specifically targeted a cell responsible for a Wednesday rocket attack that exploded deep inside Israel.”’

The New York Times is legendary in twisting headlines in order to make it appear that Israel is the instigator of attacks in the region.  For example:

“Israeli Drone Strike Kills Militants in Southern Gaza.”

The headline omits the fact that the IDF was responding to a missile attack.

The Washington Post has shown an image of a Gazan who was reportedly wounded in IDF aerial strikes and initially indicated the terrorists were simply responding to an Israeli strike (instead of having initiated the aggression):

“ Israeli aircraft struck at Palestinian militants on Saturday who responded with a volley of rockets which rained on southern Israeli towns, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.”

Frequently, in mainstream media reporting, terrorists are not described as such–they are usually painted as “militants.”   The terrorists are humanized while Israel is portrayed as an oppressor.  For instance, the AP has featured a photo of a member of the terrorist group, Islamic Jihad, being taken to a morgue, while not bothering to cover any of the damage done to Israel.

Arutz Sheva points out that:

“The world’s media shows no difference between barbarians who kill innocent people and an army for a democratic civilized nation that kills people trained to destroy harm and maim.  The world holds the Jews to a different standard.

There is no moral equivalency between Islamic Jihad targeting women and children going about their daily lives and a democratic state protecting its own civilians. “

 Following is Mark Steyn’s four stage process of how the mainstream media chooses to cover situations such as the aforementioned:

Stage One: The strange compulsion to assure us that the killer is a “right wing conservative extremist,”…

Stage Two: Okay, he may be called Mohammed but he’s a “lone wolf.” Sure, he says he was trained by al-Qaeda, but what does he know? Don’t worry, folks, he’s just a lone wolf like Major Hasan and Faisal Shahzad and all the other card-carrying members of the Amalgamated Union of Lone Wolves. All jihad is local.

Stage Three: Okay, even if there are enough lone wolves around to form their own Radio City Rockette line, it’s still nothing to do with Islam. I’m sad to see the usually perceptive Ed West of the London Telegraph planting his flag on this wobbling blancmange.

Stage Four: The backlash that never happens. Because apparently the really bad thing about actual dead Jews is that it might lead to dead non-Jews: “French Muslims Fear Backlash After Shooting.” Likewise, after Major Hasan’s mountain of dead infidels, “Shooting Raises Fears For Muslims In US Army.” Likewise, after the London Tube slaughter, “British Muslims Fear Repercussions After Tomorrow’s Train Bombing.” Oh, no, wait, that’s a parody, though it’s hard to tell.

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword.  Is it any wonder, then, that the dispensers of terror world-wide are believed, by many, to be the victims?

-Candice Lanier

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525441852 Dug Glen

    The Bible says that the WHOLE WORLD will be ‘topsy turvy’ in the last days before Christs return.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=783069915 Jackie Nagy

    This whole world is so skewed…so immoral, apathetic, liberal, and just plain ignorant..it’s gotten so that I can’t even read half this stuff anymore..it makes me physically sick.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625047297 Jim Richardson

    Those so called journalist should be sent to middle east to live.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1400547496 Jim Cottrell

    Piss on these assholes! They’re just as un-American as the Muslim-in-Chief! I don’t believe the liberal media!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1055183248 Katharine Boettcher

    And when another 9/11 happens they will castigate the NYPD and say that the federal government was behind it all. Amazing how the media, including social media, twist the facts. Like my grandma always said… Don’t believe everything you read… She was right!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347844540 Lou Windsor

    Pulitzers, Oscars, Nobel Prizes…they mean nothing anymore. Just liberal hacks circle jerking with liberal hacks. Irrelevant to anyone but those liberal hacks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002908947293 Mark Todd

    Bizzaro world…from SNL…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000728798411 Jon Bell

    and the winner should have been: Also nominated as a finalist in this category was: Gary Marx and David Jackson of the Chicago Tribune for their exposure of a neglectful state justice system that allowed dozens of brutal criminals to evade punishment by fleeing the country, sparking moves for corrective change.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000728798411 Jon Bell

    But wait, that would not have worked for the Dems in an election year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1028646494 John Glotzer

    The fourth estate is a fifth column. This is the fundamental issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1050274601 Don Sterling

    Insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1655726155 Bill Lopotko

    What’s wrong with the world is because liberals, socialists and communists really do not know how to fix things. They make a mess of the world (sh*ting in their own nest) and then leave up to other people to fix it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003060652 David Gibson Feldstein

    The NYPD is trying to do a job. To protect and serve. Terrorists do not openly discuss their plans and are not obvious. So the Nypd has to go undercover and monitor potential terrorist activities. Much like they would in a undercover drug operation. Sometimes they end up investigating the wrong person and/or profiling a specific demographic. For example you don’t see many elderly people dealing drugs so it wouldn’t make sense to investigate them. Let’s face it most terrorists are muslim extremists. So it makes sends that you would monitor those groups.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1726581026 Kathy Jones

    of course read the Marxist rule book control the schools first and the media next

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531991476 René O’Deay

    is this a joke?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1332156764 Jimmy Foley

    I’m so tired of hearing the word “Racism” spewed. Muslim destroyed the Twin Towers…. Period. Their groups here in the States should be investigated…When Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 and militia groups nation wide were investigated why did we not hear “Racism” spewed then? It’s all BS perpetrated by the Liberal Media… WAKE UP AMERICA!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1073557151 Bondo Bill Mercier

    I’m thinking those Prizes are actually made of Methamphetamine and the winners take them home and Smoke the Shit out of them..? What other reasonable excuse is there for the way and to whom they are given..???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347420430 Robert Flynn

    Leftist writers praising leftist writers; self-congratulatory awards are a waste of our time and attention. If we ignored their “awards” they’d lose their value. This pretty much goes for the Oscars and Emmy’s as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1605024773 Cesar Alvarez-Castillo

    Robert, it also goes for the Nobel Peace Prize. Just saying….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1108759232 Bonita L. Roberts

    Anyone with a functioning brain knows the mainstream media is no longer trustworthy in reporting the news, it’s more about getting the ratings and advancing the stories that promote a radical political agenda and non-Christian lifestyle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000039576824 Audra Norris

    If another outside attack, or inside attack occurred during this time period and it was found out that the NYPD had info, or could of found a terrorist threat in their own back yard, how would these pc libs reacted?? They want the protection the police provide, but they don’t want to give the police the ability to do their job. BC it may offend a group of people?
    Id rather have hurt feelings, then body pieces of innocent Americans on American soil again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628132378 Kathi Jean Andrews

    sucks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674910566 Joan Thivierge Charron

    Not surprising since Odumber got the Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing. Country is so screwed up.