By Patrick Poole
Fake statistics die hard, especially when they’re being pushed by the so-called “real news” cartel.
Take, for instance, CBS News host Norah O’Donnell, who claimed on Twitter earlier today that so-called “right wing” terrorism is a greater threat than Islamic terrorism:
The first clue that you’re being manipulated? O’Donnell begins counting terror incidents AFTER the 9/11 attacks, the most lethal terror attack in modern history. Understandably, people grinding an agenda to push “right wing” terrorism as some great threat to Americans HAVE TO exclude 9/11 to make such a point.
Also, note that O’Donnell refers only to the number of incidents — not how lethal they were.
Why is that? Because Norah O’Donnell is trying to avoid having to say this: Since 9/11, Islamic terrorists have killed CONSIDERABLY MORE than “right wing” terrorists.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the data taken this morning from the New America website:
Jihadist: 95 killed.
“Far Right Wing”: 67 killed.
The only way to conjure up a “right wing” terrorism bogeyman is to count “by fatal incident,” and not by the actual number of people killed.
That being said, as I noted here at PJ Media more than a year ago, there are serious issues with how New American counts acts of terrorism:
Since when are bank robberies acts of terrorism? They aren’t, unless you’re trying to inflate your “right wing” terror stats to mislead the public for political motives.
I also noted that — in addition to 9/11 — several Islamic terror attacks are simply left out of their count, such as the D.C. sniper case.
As Florida State professor Andrew Holt observed regarding incidents left out of the New America data set:
In June of 2006 in Denver, a man shot four of his co-workers and a swat team member, killing one. He later claimed he did it because it was “Allah’s choice.”
In December of 2009 in Binghamton, a Saudi Arabian graduate student named Abdulsalam S. al-Zahrani killed Richard T. Antoun, a non-Muslim Islamic studies professor who served on al-Zahrani’s dissertation committee, in revenge for “persecuted” Muslims. Prior to the killing one of al-Zahrani’s roommates tried to warn the university administration that he had been acting “like a terrorist.”
In 2012 in Houston, in two separate incidents in January and in November, two people were shot to death by a Muslim extremist for their roles in his daughter’s conversion to Christianity.
In March of 2013 in Ashtabula (Ohio), a Muslim convert walked into a Christian Church during an Easter service and killed his father, claiming it was “the will of Allah.”
In August of 2014 in Richmond (California) killed an Ace Hardware employee by stabbing him seventeen times, claiming he was on a “mission from Allah.”
But remarkably, in her video segment on these statistics, as seen in the screenshot below, even the problematic GAO data she cites shows that Islamic terrorism still kills more than “right wing” terrorism:
This demonstrates the bizarre methodology being pushed by the media in determining terror threats “by incident”: Islamic terrorists — even according to their own data — are killing more than all the claimed “right wing” cases.
The Muslim community in America represents less than one percent of the U.S. population. But even excluding the 3,000 deaths on 9/11, Islamic terrorism is still the most lethal terror threat to Americans. No amount of statistical sleight-of-hand can change that fact.
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