Stephen Colbert on Monday night forgave the news media for quickly jumping to the conclusion that Islamic terrorists were responsible for Friday’s bombing and mass shooting in Norway.
The Washington Post‘s Jennifer Rubin, commenting on the attacks while they were still underway, wrote: “there is a specific jihadist connection here.” Even the New York Times briefly reported that a group known as “Helpers Of Global Jihad” claimed responsibility.But, as it turned out, a blond right-wing Norwegian man admitted to acting alone in carrying out the attacks.
“Some say these false reports of Muslim involvement were a widespread failure of the media,” Colbert said. “But I say, by going with their guts, these journalists were able to get the story they wanted and scoop reality.”
Rubin later offered a response to her post, saying the suspicions of a jihadist bombing plot in Norway “did not bear up.” But she maintains “there are many more jihadists than blond Norwegians out to kill Americans.”
“The point is, this monster may not be Muslim, but his heinous acts are indisputably Musl-ish,” Colbert said. “And we must not let his Islam-esque atrocity divert our attention from the terrible people he reminds us of.”
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