The big story this weekenedor what should have been the big story this weekendwas the arrest in Toronto of 17 Muslim Canadians on charges of terrorism. Here's a link-rich posting from Glenn Reynolds on the subject.
Reynolds links to Roger Simon's posting noting that the New York Times doesn't get around until the sixth paragraph to letting its readers know that these terrorist plotters were Muslims. Why is MainStreamMedia so unwilling to identify these terrorists as what they are? Reynolds passes along an explanation from one of Simon's commenters:
Just like our own elites: they truly believe that if not carefully monitored, us People will riot and string up Muslims from every lamp-post at the least provocation. In their view, the Military, especially, is certain to run amuck at any time (thus the obsessing over Abu Ghraib, and now, jumping all over Haditha) and, of course, probably has, almost continuously, and Rumsfeld, etc has Covered it Up.
And with Bush in power, the Elites are wringing their hands, knowing that the RedNecks are rampant, uncontrolled, willing and able to do ANYTHING!!!!
The Times here could argue that it was only following the lead of the politically correct Canadian authorities. Here's the Times's description of their description of the terrorists.
The 17 men were mainly of South Asian descent and most were in their teens or early 20's. One of the men was 30 years old and the oldest was 43 years old, police officials said. None of them had any known affiliation with Al Qaeda.
"They represent the broad strata of our society," Mr. McDonell said. "Some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed."