Wednesday was the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania. Some in the media chose to inject politics – or more accurately, political correctness – into the remembrance.
While the nation and most of the media were paying their respects to those lost in the horrific terror attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11, a few outlets payed homage to political correctness instead.
"The most egregious example," says Curtis Houck of Media Research Center, "came from a news outlet in New York City, believe it or not. It was The New York Times which had a tweet that said 'airplanes took aim and brought down the World Trade Center.'
"Airplanes did it," he emphasizes.
The Times also decided to publish an op-ed by Omer Aziz, who described how as a young Muslim boy at the time, his life in the U.S. became more oppressive after the attacks; and how America started prosecuting, in his opinion, an unjust war that President George W. Bush "deceived the country" about; and how a generation of young soldiers were sent to an early death because "people in Washington … hijacked [the attacks] for political ends."
Houck describes how then an MSNBC reporter got in on the irreverence.
"Nicole Wallace from MSNBC tweeted a reminder of how they evacuated the White House on 9/11," he shares. "She said When I think of that, I think of when Trump calls the press the enemy of the people."
Houck predicts it's likely to get worse in the coming years.
"As the years go by, there's less and less of us to repudiate that, who were alive at that point," he explains. "So it's becoming more like history instead of something that all of us remember. That puts the onus on those of us who were around then and remember those feelings to call these things out."