I’m really surprised right now. Almost shocked. And no, I’m not being sarcastic.
A group of gunmen burst into Garissa University College in Kenya this morning, and here’s what the Associated Press had to say for the opening paragraph of its coverage on the subject:
“Al-Shabab gunmen attacked a college in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing at least 15 people and wounding 60 others, witnesses said. The president said it is now a hostage situation.”
It went on to include this first-hand account:
“Collins Wetangula, the vice chairman of the student union, said he was preparing to take a shower when he heard gunshots coming from Tana dorm, which hosts both men and women, 150 meters (yards) away. The campus has six dorms and at least 887 students, he said.
“He said that when he heard the gunshots, he locked himself and three roommates in their room.
“‘All I could hear were footsteps and gunshots. Nobody was screaming because they thought this would lead the gunmen to know where they are,’ he said. ‘The gunmen were saying sisi ni al-Shabab (Swaihi for we are al-Shabab),’ Wetangula said.
“When the gunmen arrived at his dormitory, he could hear them opening doors and asking the people who had hidden inside whether they were Muslims or Christians.
“‘If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot,’ he said. ‘With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die.’”
So why am I surprised by this? Because the AP – the Associated Press, people! – acknowledged that Christians were being deliberately targeted for abuse. Moreover, it did so in the main text of the article instead of down at the very bottom, where it knows full well nobody actually reads.
Not to mention that Yahoo! ran it as a leading story in its usually mindless news feed.
I suppose this indicates that someone on both teams screwed up. Everyone knows the mainstream media isn’t supposed to acknowledge when Christians are the victims, only the aggressors. (And if it has to make up facts to paint it as the aggressor, then so be it.)
Admittedly, the article never once mentions that al-Shabab is associated with Al-Qaeda and therefore a strictly Muslim terrorist group. So the AP didn’t fail in its indoctrination goals completely.
But still. Someone’s totally getting at least a strong reprimand over there today…