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November 16, 2007

Moore Molly: The Old Muslim Brothers

Molly Moore is a Washington Post foreign correspondent. Based in Paris since 2005, she previously worked for The Post’s Jerusalem bureau, producing coverage conspicuous for its romanticized Palestinian Arabs. Transferred to France in time for the epidemic of riots featuring young Muslim immigrants, Moore routinely wrote of disadvantaged “youths.” She virtually ignored the contribution of Islamic radicalism to the violence. When she visited her family in Louisiana after Hurricane Rita, she compared the damage to “destruction in the Gaza Strip after Israeli bombs shattered neighborhoods ....” As if Israeli counter-terrorism was mindless as a natural disaster, as if her relatives and friends were Gazans.

Now, in describing the Muslim Brotherhood (“Panel Decries Terrorism Blacklist Process; U.N., E.U. Methods Violate Basic Human Rights Principles, European Committee Says,” November 13) Moore writes only that it is “one of the Arab world’s oldest Islamic organizations.” That is, the Muslim Brotherhood is Muslim, Arab and elderly. Period.

Which leads to a question: If a Muslim Brotherhood-inspired terrorist fell in an Israeli forest, and only Molly Moore heard it, was he really just an elderly militant?

In September, when a Post Metro desk reporter described the Brotherhood merely as “a conservative worldwide Islamist organization,” CAMERA noted that the group, founded in Egypt in the 1920s, is anti-modern, anti-Western and anti-Jewish. It has inspired, among other movements, Hamas and al-Qaeda. Moore, most likely, is better informed on this score than the Metro reporter. Perhaps she chose to keep the essential information to herself. Maybe she included this key background but an editor cut it. Either way, Post readers were left in the dark.

In “Panel Decries Terrorism Blacklist Process,” Moore refers in her own words to “terrorism suspects,” “terrorist,” anti-terrorist activities” and “alleged terrorist.” This is done in the context of criticism of the handling of “terrorism suspects,” but nevertheless the language is precise — unlike references to Palestinian “militants,” “activists” and such during her Israel days.

Which leads to a question: If a Muslim Brotherhood-inspired terrorist fell in an Israeli forest, and only Molly Moore heard it, was he really just an elderly militant? E.R.

Posted by ER at November 16, 2007 04:28 PM

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