Dzhokhar Tsarnaev woke up and told investigators that he and his brother Tamerlan were waging a lone jihad when they set off two bombs packed with nails and ball bearings at the Boston Marathon. He said his brother came up with the whole plot out of a desire to "defend Islam." And as if on cue, the mainstream media began an all-out effort to obscure and downplay the significance of the now indisputable fact that this was a jihad terror attack – an effort as energetic and inventive as their previous attempt to convince the American people that the bombings had to be, just had to be, the work of "right-wing extremists."
Imagine for a moment if the attackers had indeed turned out to be "right-wing extremists." Imagine that they were even that mother lode of Leftist media fantasy, Christian "extremists" – think Robert DeNiro in Cape Fear, his body tattooed all over with Biblical quotes, muttering about the wrath of God and determined to terrorize not just a single family, but an entire city, an entire nation. Just to make it really interesting, imagine that the people these Christian terrorists happened to kill with their bombs were Muslim.
If the attackers had been people like that, the Atlantic Wire would have run a piece entitled "The Boston Bombers Were Christian – So?" It would have complained that "we confuse categories – 'male,' 'Christian' — with cause," and cautioned against stereotyping all Christians and painting Christians with a broad brush.