NBC, AP Avoid 'M-word' in Report About 'Honor Killings'

It is the religion that dare not speak its name...at least on NBC News and at the Associated Press among other politically correct circles. Both media outlets reported on a verdict in an "honor killings" case in Canada while managing to avoid mentioning a certain religion whose name starts with "M." To watch or read both reports, you would think that "honor killings" was some sort of bizarre ritual limited to the family in question or perhaps a few other members of an unidentified "patriarchal culture."

First the AP report on the MSNBC site which does mention a religion but not the one you think:


KINGSTON, Ontario — A jury on Sunday found an Afghan father, his wife and their son guilty of killing three teenage sisters and a co-wife in what the judge described as "cold-blooded, shameful murders" resulting from a "twisted concept of honor."

The jury took 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in a case that shocked and riveted Canadians from coast to coast. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

A religion is finally mentioned in the report but only the one in which is politically correct to do so:

The prosecution said her parents found condoms in Sahar's room as well as photos of her wearing short skirts and hugging her Christian boyfriend, a relationship she had kept secret...

The NBC News broadcast of this case also managed to avoid mentioning the taboo M-word as you can see in this video:


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Here is a partial transcript:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: A verdict has been reached in a murder case that's gotten a lot of attention because it involved so-called honor killings of family members by family members. In this case an Afghan family living in Canada. It is a culture clash getting a lot of attention to our north. NBC's Kevin Tibbles has the story.

Culture clash? And what culture would that be? Brian Williams leaves us in the dark as does reporter Kevin Tibbles.

KEVIN TIBBLES: Three teenage sisters murdered because of how they wanted to live their lives. Dress like westerners, use the internet, meet boys. Also killed, their father's first wife, by a strict religious family that felt it had been disgraced.

A "strict religious family" yet Tibbles bizarrely neglects to mention that religion. How much does anybody want to bet that if there were such a thing as Baptist honor killings that "Baptist" would be prominently mentioned in every NBC News or AP story about such a crime?

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