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Is the MSM Ready to Acknowledge Muslim Honor Killings in America?

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Posted on February 8 2011 5:40 pm
Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at City University of New York. For extended biography visit The Phyllis Chesler Organization.
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Once again, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times have failed to send a reporter to cover the trial of Muzzammil Hassan in the case of a heinous honor murder committed in the United States. The Wall Street Journal carried an 879-word Associated Press story on its website, while the New York Times ran 269 words from the same story in its hardcopy version in a 2 x 7 inch cranny at the bottom of page A24 of the New York section.

The AP reporter does not herself refer to this as an honor killing, leaving it up to one of her interviewees, a lecturer at the University of Buffalo, to make the case that the murder was “a mix of domestic violence and honor killing.” In her past reporting on this case, she only went so far as to write that the murder “gave rise to speculation” that it was an honor killing.

My readers may recall that both the New York Times and the Washington Post ran major original stories about Hindu honor killings in India. I am still waiting for them to seriously cover honor killings perpetrated in the United States.

Of course, both NewsReal Blog and Frontpage have run a series of original stories about the case by yours truly. The conservative media has been covering honor killings in America; the left-liberal mainstream media has been reluctant to do so. But millimeter by millimeter, inch by inch, the mainstream media is slouching toward acknowledging that honor killings committed by Muslims do exist and are taking place in North America.

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