Accuracy in Media

Jake Tapper of CNN and the Daily Caller are having a war of words over Tapper’s reporting on the New York City terrorist incident on Tuesday.

A segment that featured Tapper and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper discussing the crime and response began with a lead-in from Shimon Prokupecz, a CNN justice correspondent, in which he says police are investigating this as a terrorism incident.

Witnesses “are telling police that they heard the driver saying, ‘yelling Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar,’ during this incident,” Prokupecz reported. This is “now leading authorities to believe that this is as a result, that this now a terrorism case. And I’m just getting an update now that the FBI is taking over this case because it appears now that it is terrorism.”

Tapper then took over. “The Arabic chant ‘Allahu akbar,’ God is great. Sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances, and too often we hear it being said in moments like this. General Clapper, when you were director of national intelligence, you had afternoons like the one that the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is having right now. What goes through your mind? And what are the actions that you’re ordering the intelligence agencies to take?”

The Daily Caller posted a video, and Fox News followed up with a story about Tapper’s remarks that was labeled “Outrageous” in a corner of the screen.

Tapper lashed out at Fox, the Daily Caller and InfoWars, which also ran an item on the remarks.

“@FoxNews chooses instead to deliberately lie about what I said,” Tapper responded. “Following the slime-coated path of @DailyCaller and @infowars. Disgusting. And yes, I know they do this all the time. Still, literally the day after this horrific attack that they would launch this smear – it’s sick.”

In a later tweet, he said, “There was a time when one could tell the difference between Fox and the nutjobs at Infowars. It’s getting tougher and tougher. Lies are lies.”

But Geoffrey Ingersoll, editor in chief of The Daily Caller, wrote that it is Tapper who needs to apologize.

“I like Jake Tapper,” his piece began. “I like what he’s done for veterans, and how he’s covered conflict and the military. I think he’s generally, to include Anderson Cooper, one of the more straight-laced, genuine and principled broadcasters CNN has. I also know bulls–t when I see it.”

That was just the beginning. “At 4:47 p.m., just more than an hour after the attack, before going any further, he felt the need to genuflect before Islam,” Ingersoll charged.

“Any rational viewer or reader is likely to take Tapper’s words here as an attempt to launder ‘Allahu akbar,’ just an hour after the attack, just seconds after a CNN correspondent said it was used in conjunction with the killing of his American countrymen, for what we could assume at the time. Worse yet, this kind of bending of the knee has become almost necessary prior to highlighting a crime perpetrated by a member of one of the media’s protected classes, in this case, Muslims.”

Tapper claims he was taken out of context – that the whole statement must be taken together.

But others disagree. Cheryl Chumley of the Washington Times pointed out, perhaps Allahu akbar is sometimes said at beautiful times, but “So was Heil Hitler.”

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  • John Lock

    And sometimes Mr. Tapper body waste smells like hum bad. BS friend.

  • HikerJohn316

    Mr. Tapper would wet his pants if he was on the street and heard a shout of Allah Akbar.

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  • Terry R. Campbell

    Good job Fox and the Daily Caller! Sounds like you hit the right nerve of this Pundent, he’s no journalist. Jim Acosta and Tapper have lost complete sight of what journalism is and are nothing but hacks!

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  • radicalrabbit

    I wonder what would happen if some person walked into Mecca and shouted Jesus is my personal Lord and Savior. Would that not be construed as a “terror” attack in a Islamic State and probably a dead Christian in less then a heart beat…..Trapper is full of bullcrap and as usual it’s not about the truth, it’s about the promotion of his socialist view…
    semper fi

  • worried for future

    Tapper, Clapper, crapper, can anyone tell the difference?

  • Mark Midas

    “Oh my God!” is a Hollywood standard. No one on TV ever says “Oh my Allah!” We also often hear “Jesus Christ” used as an exclamation, so why not “Holy Mohammed!”?

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  • J. Glenn

    I can think of more than a dozen people much worse than Hitler. We need to start educating people, not promoting the old Nazi canard continually.

    Marxists won’t like that because most of them are Jews (though non-practicing), but that’s too bad: they created and some still support (as with George Soros, Bernie Sanders et al.) the atrocities of Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pot, Tse Tung, Ceaucescu, Castro, Peron and many other Communist tyrants and now support and spread the terror and tyranny of Islam. (And they helped to elect Obama who hates Israel. They people are schizophrenic and sadistic.)

    While the Third Reich may have killed two to three million people, Marxism has killed at least 100 times as many, and mostly their own citizens through famines. So let’s get real about the real threats to our way of life here in the present and not a politically calculated misdirection from the 1930s.