Today is the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, in which according to Ilhan Omar, “Some people did something.” According to the original post from The New York Times, it was the planes that, all on their own, took aim at some buildings. Terrorists… not so much.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) September 11, 2019
“Airplanes took aim at the World Trade Center and brought them down.” Well played writers and editors of The New York Times. Who knew the jets had minds of their own or were perhaps flown by Cylons.
Since the posting of the tweet above, and numerous people who understand planes — cool as they are — still need pilots, The Times has amended their story. Now the terrorists have finally been mentioned:
Eighteen years have passed since terrorists commandeered airplanes to take aim at the World Trade Center and bring them down.
There. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
Likely The Times is going to chalk this up to a brainfart, but you and I know they were, like Ilhan Omar, probably trying to soft-pedal who was really responsible for the attacks on September 11. We’re supposed to believe the biggest, badest enemy facing America isn’t enemies like terrorists seeking to destroy us for our way of life, but things like climate change, plastic straws, Trump’s tweets, closed-mindedness when insisting men are men and women are women, and Dave Chappelle jokes.
Real evil exists. Erasing it from a story doesn’t erase it from life. Pretending other innocuous things like addressing a group of people “hey guys” will not distract us from reality. At least not all of us.