Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Is the Media Frenzy Over the Australian Hostage Crisis a Distraction from U.S. Foreign Policy?

-Ron Paul
I’d like to make a comment about the recent hostage take-over in Australia. It really hit the news big time. There was one individual, had a rifle, took some hostages in a coffee shop, and it made worldwide headlines. Not just a little bit, but constant, all day long, until the event ended. You wonder, how could one event like this, one individual with one gun with a few hostages … There’s a lot of crime out there. Just think about how many crimes and murders are committed every night in this country; there’s all kinds of things going on.

Of course, it turned out that most likely it was done by a radical jihadist who was trying to make a point. This would be one of the motivations that the media might have to present this. I noticed on one TV station that was presenting this, it was sort of apologetic, saying, “You know, it’s pretty amazing that we’re covering this as much as we are. We know what the people want, and this is what they want,” and I think that’s a bunch of baloney. I don’t think that for a minute.