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October 23, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

American cable networks shunted aside reports about most other events occurring worldwide on Wednesday to devote virtually fulltime coverage to the shooting of an honor guard at Canada’s National War Memorial. Nearly all reports jumped on a comment from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who said following the shooting, "In the days to come, we will learn more about the terrorist and any accomplices he may have had, but this week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere in the world." Virtually no reporter questioned the PM’s conclusion that a "terrorist" was responsible. The shooter was later identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian who had been a convert to Islam but who also had a ten-year record of drug arrests. Among the critics of the coverage was investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. Interviewed by the CBC, Scahill accused the U.S. broadcast networks and CNN and Fox News of employing a "default rhetoric" to immediately label the act as terrorism and suggested that their reports are aimed at those who call for "a paramilitary or military response to what may have been a deranged individual."