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December 22, 2017

Man Rams Car Into Crowd in Melbourne, Australia; Says He Did It To Protest "Mistreatment of Muslims;"
CNN, ABC Proclaim He's Mentally Ill With "No Terrorist Connections"

Note: This post was written yesterday. References to updates at CNN and ABC were current as of yesterday at around 6pm.

Another attack, another series of deceptive media articles claiming the attack wasn't terror-related.

olice say a man accused of deliberately crashing a car into pedestrians outside Melbourne's Flinders Street train station, sending 19 people to hospital and creating peak-hour chaos, has a history of assault, drug use and mental health issues.

Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan descent, and was known to police, but was not on bail at the time of the incident.

Of the 19 admitted to hospital, 15 are in a stable condition -- including a four-year-old boy and the driver -- and four are in a critical condition.

...

The injured include a preschool-aged child with a head injury, who was taken to the Royal Children's Hospital in a serious condition.

His motive is unguessable and of course may well never be known.

The 32-year-old man who drove a white SUV into pedestrians at Melbourne’s busiest intersection outside Flinders Street station "attributed some of his activities due to the mistreatment of Muslims", police say.

Though that Guardian story posted two hours ago, the CNN story about this has not been updated to include the new information, and remains a babble of "unknown motives" and "mental illness." I see no later story on the butchery, either. Though perhaps they're hiding it -- one strained to find coverage of the various companies giving out bonuses and making big investments in the wake of the tax reform victory on CNN yesterday.

ABC News is also downplaying that fact -- although their update does mention the motive ("mistreatment of Muslims"), they make sure that their headline pushes the mental illness angle, speaking of "voices" the terrorist heard in his head.

Incidentally, a second man was arrested when he was seen fleeing the scene while carrying a bag of knives. However, police say they don't suspect him in the incident and that he's cooperating.

We'll see on that one.






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