AP Removes ‘Allahu Akbar’ Reference from Fresno Shooter Story
Tuesday, a madman went on a shooting rampage in Fresno, California. He reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” and was trying to kill as many white people as possible. Tragically, he killed three people before he was apprehended. But strangely, the Associated Press report of the shooting left out some pretty key details.
The suspect in the shooting is 39 year-old Kori Ali Muhammad. According to his social media accounts, he hates Donald Trump and was on a mission to kill white people. But when the Associated Press wrote up the story of his shooting rampage, they made a rather interesting edit.
Instead of accurately reporting what Muhammad said — Allahu Akbar — they said that he yelled “God is great.” On Twitter, they gave no indication that he was yelling in Arabic.
Unsurprisingly, the AP took a lot of flack.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) April 18, 2017
Muhammed yelled "Allahu akbar" but the AP thought the ambiguity was better journalism pic.twitter.com/h8B8jZnzHx
— The Safest Space (@TheSafestSpace) April 18, 2017
Once again, @AP is lying. “Allahu Akbar” is what he actually shouted.
This was a lone wolf Muslim terror attack AP is trying to cover up. https://t.co/fphVDIR68V
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) April 18, 2017
— Bell Moses (@americanbell38) April 18, 2017
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) April 18, 2017
Was the AP trying to whitewash the attack? In the story itself, they reported that he shouted “God is great!” in Arabic, which may technically be true, but is still an odd way of phrasing it. Why not just print what he said? Is it because the shooter was a black Muslim and they wanted to keep that information quiet? Whatever their motivation, that was some shameful reporting on the part of the Associated Press.