Sometimes audience manipulation is not what the mainstream media reports and how they report it, but what DOES NOT get appropriate coverage as well. That is the theme coming from the Trump Administration in his third week in office as a list of 78 terror attacks that happened world wide between 2014 and 2016 landed on the White House website. The list itself provides location, date, perpetrators and targets. According to the Daily Mail, it is littered with spelling errors, thus making it somewhat suspect. CNN’s Jim Acosta and Anderson Cooper claim that the list is a “head-scratcher” because several of the events were indeed covered by the mainstream media. And all of the people squinting their eyes at President Trump’s method miss the point entirely: there’s a lot more terrorism going on in the world that Americans not digging into international news do not know about.
The move should be seen as part of the ongoing discussion on admitting foreign nationals from seven nations in the Middle East where terrorism is known to be taught. President Trump has framed the argument, and his executive order banning travel from people originating in these countries, as a matter of self-preservation. The terminology used by the mainstream media, and thus those who protest against the move, emphasize the word “ban” and the majority faith of the people hailing from those countries. Thus, confusion reigns.
It is the story of our times, actually.
As for the 78 terrorist attacks, the full list includes not simply the attacks we’ve all heard about, but many incidents overseas that got mention, but disappeared in the cacophony of news coverage during a contentious presidential election. Those attacks were in places like Chad, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Turkey. They weren’t the splashy attacks in western nations.
The full list is available on USA TODAY, with the word “attacker” corrected. Most are incidents with single victims, nationals from developed nations. These are the larger attacks that don’t readily come to mind reading through the full list:
TARGET: 21 tourists killed, including 16 westerners, and 55 wounded in shooting at the Bardo Museum
ATTACKERS: Two ISIL-aligned extremists
TARGET: 38 killed and 39 wounded in shooting at a beach frequented by westerners
ATTACKERS: Seifeddine Rezgui and another unidentified attacker
TARGET: 224 killed in downing of a Russian airliner
ATTAKER: Unidentified ISIL-Sinai operatives
TARGET: 12 German tourists killed and 15 wounded in suicide bombing
ATTAKER: Nabil Fadli
TARGET: 14 killed in suicide attack on a bus carrying Canadian Embassy guards
ATTAKER: ISIL-Khorasan operative
TARGET: 45 killed and approximately 240 wounded at Ataturk International Airport
ATTACKERS: Rakhim Bulgarov, Vadim Osmanov, and an unidentified ISIL operative
TARGET: 22 killed, including one American and 50 wounded after hours-long siege using machetes and firearms at holy Artisan Bakery
ATTACKERS: Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Meer Saameh Mubasheer, Khairul Islam Paye, and Shafiqul Islam Uzzal
TARGET: 10 killed and 28 wounded in shooting at a tourist site
ATTACKERS: Several gunmen