Accuracy in Media

Ignoring recent events, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked if using a vehicle as a mass casualty-inflicting attack vehicle was a “copycat” of the Charlottesville tragedy, where a neo-Nazi sympathizer used his car to run over counter-protesters.

Here’s what Blitzer said:

“There will be questions about copycats. Questions, if what happened in Barcelona, was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Blitzer said. “Even though they may be different characters and different political ambitions, they use the same killing device. A vehicle going at high speed a group, a large group, of pedestrians.”

However, Blitzer seemingly forgot about the motivations of the alleged Barcelona terrorist suspect, which was radical Islam and possible anti-Semitism. He also forgot that the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice, France, where a terrorist used a truck to run over civilians, in addition to an attack in London close to British Parliament and a Berlin market attack were perpetrated by a radical Islamist terrorist. Those are only three examples of recent vehicular terrorism attacks by radical Islamist terrorists, not white supremacists or neo-Nazis, in case Blitzer forgot those attacks.

Please check your facts next time, Wolf Blitzer.

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