When the story broke last week that a Hillside, Illinois, man had allegedly attempted to set off a bomb in an effort to start a violent Jihad outside a busy Chicago bar, it didn’t receive the level of attention or in-depth exploration by the media that one might expect, as reported by McHenry County Blog.
As reported by The Huffington Post, Adel Daoud was arrested Friday and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and attempting to damage and destroy a building with an explosive. This FBI arrest came at the end of a string operation in which Daoud was provided with a fake bomb after discovering the plot, according to The Inquisitr.
So why hasn’t this been a more prominently featured story? Why haven’t we heard about Daoud’s background and associations, especially since Daoud, himself, reportedly mentioned to agents that he had been discussing the topic of an attack with others? Could the reason that this hasn’t become a bigger story have anything to do with a media that has a strong liberal bias, not wanting to focus too much attention on homegrown terrorism so close to the election?
When President Obama was starting to receive criticism for his failure to take aggressive action following the American Consulate attack in Libya, that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Steven and three other officials, reporters quickly focused their attention away from the incident itself and Obama’s reaction. They instead chose to obsess over the response of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, labeling his remarks controversial and badly timed.
Terrorism, both homegrown and international, is often considered to be more of a Republican issue, as Republican politicians tend to be more outspoken about it and generally take a more aggressive stance on the topic.