Pedestrians stroll previous an NBC brand exterior Rockefeller Center in New York April 30, 2013.
Less than 24 hours after a driver plowed right into a crowd Tuesday on the streets of New York City, NBC News confronted mockery and criticism for posting a narrative about American Muslims that critics mentioned was unfounded.
The NBC story steered that Muslim Americans had been fearing a possible “backlash” in opposition to their neighborhood as a result of the suspect — recognized by authorities as Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan — shared their religion.
But critics posting on social media derided the community for specializing in an unsubstantiated concept relatively than on these killed or injured within the badault.
“Maybe we should focus on those who were brutally murdered than a backlash you hope manifests,” NRA spokeswoman and creator Dana Loesch wrote on Twitter.
Police say Sayfullo Saipov, 29 – an immigrant from Uzbekistan who was residing in New Jersey after relocating from Florida — mowed down folks close to the World Trade Center with a rented truck, leaving eight folks useless and a dozen injured. He reportedly yelled “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after he exited the automobile and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
“In the wake of Tuesday’s attack, some Muslim Americans and community leaders expressed concerns over how their religion would be perceived and whether Muslims would become targets of violence,” NBC wrote in an article titled, “Muslim Americans Again Brace for Backlash After New York Attack.”
“My initial reaction was, obviously, concern and shock over what happened,” Umer Ahmad, a Muslim-American doctor from New Jersey, advised the community. “My largest concern is that he is readily recognized as a Muslim after which that’s extrapolated out to my very own religion.”
But that opinion wasn’t shared by others who learn the article.
“Instead of the story being the barbaric murder of innocents, the media wants the story to be imagined backlash. Disgusting,” mentioned Christopher Barron, president of Right Turn Strategies, a conservative consulting agency, and co-founder of GOProud, a corporation for homobadual and bad conservatives.
Said one Twitter commenter: “NBC immediately rushes to accuse Americans of being Islamophobic bigots” after a terror badault that killed eight folks.
Another Twitter use wrote:“NBC’s priority in reporting is about ‘backlash’ to Muslim Americans, not that eight people were killed.”
Saipov remained detained Wednesday after being apprehended following the badault. Federal prosecutors mentioned Wednesday that the suspect was motivated “by hate and a twisted ideology,” as he possessed a number of grotesque ISIS-related movies and photographs, together with photos of individuals being beheaded, Fox News reported.
He was charged with offering materials badist to a terror group and committing violence in Tuesday’s badault. President Donald Trump referred to as for the dying penalty Wednesday evening amid reviews that Saipov requested for an ISIS flag for his hospital room.
“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!,” the president tweeted.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.