“ISIS Fighters Surrender En Masse” Not Newsworthy in Trump Era

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"ISIS Fighters Surrender En Masse" Not Newsworthy in Trump Era

One of the things about the MSM is they have pro­fes­sional edi­tors with years of expe­ri­ence in the News Busi­ness. Because of this we are often told that this gives them the edge in pro­mot­ing news­wor­thy sto­ries that the pub­lic needs to know.

Now I’ll con­cede that I’m just a poor blog­ger with a few bril­liant writes post­ing at our site and that our annual tip jar hits don’t’ com­pare with the expense account of a MSM reporter that sets the news agenda, but it seems to me this story just might be a tad more news­wor­thy than the atten­tion it is being given:

ISIS Fight­ers, Hav­ing Pledged to Fight or Die, Sur­ren­der en Masse

That’s the head­line at the NY Times (this and Wein­stein this week? Amaz­ing!) and the body of the story is even more encouraging:

More than a thou­sand Islamic State fight­ers passed through that room this past week after they fled their crum­bling Iraqi strong­hold of Haw­ija. Instead of the mar­tyr­dom they had boasted was their only accept­able fate, they had vol­un­tar­ily ended up here in the inter­ro­ga­tion cen­ter of the Kur­dish author­i­ties in north­ern Iraq.

For an extrem­ist group that has made its rep­u­ta­tion on its fero­cious­ness, with fight­ers who would always choose sui­cide over sur­ren­der, the fall of Haw­ija has been a notable turn­ing point. The group has suf­fered a string of humil­i­at­ing defeats in Iraq and Syria, but the num­ber of its shock troops who turned them­selves in to Kur­dish offi­cials at the cen­ter in Dibis was unusu­ally large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday.

Given the threat of ISIS and the spec­tac­u­lar attacks they had achieved in the past you would think this story would be lead­ing every­where, par­tic­u­larly since the source is the New York Times from which all other media tends to take a lead.

Let’s take a peek and see.

Here are the top sto­ries at CNN​.com as of 12:02 PM sun­day when I am writ­ing this

Trump trashes out­go­ing Repub­li­can Sen. Bob Corker
Sen. Mur­phy: ‘Will­ing to move for­ward’ with GOP on bump stock ban
Tap­per to GOP sen­a­tor: Will you vote against NRA?
Zelizer: Tiller­son should quit now
Russ­ian police arrest hun­dreds in protests on Putin’s birth­day
Char­lottesville mayor slams white suprema­cists after another torch rally is held
Sen­a­tor: Rene­go­ti­ati­ing Iran nuclear deal is a ‘fan­tasy’
Analy­sis: Supreme Court rookie takes on the chief
Spain’s PM con­sid­ers dra­matic mea­sure for Cat­alo­nia
Mar­i­juana is going mainstream

In fact there is no men­tion of ISIS at all on cnn’s home page

Hmm you would have thought CNN would have cov­ered this. How about NBC Here is the lat­est news there:

GOP Sen. Calls White House ‘an Adult Day Care Cen­ter’ After Trump Attack
Dove on Clean-​Up Duty After Racially Insen­si­tive Ad
Why Geog­ra­phy Stops Gun Con­trol
White Nation­al­ist Richard Spencer Leads Torch-​Carrying Crowd in Char­lottesville
Sanc­tu­ary Cities: Three States, Three Very Dif­fer­ent Approaches
Jason Aldean Pays Trib­ute to Las Vegas Vic­tims, Sings Tom Petty Song on ‘SNLTV
Deadly Ambush in Niger High­lights America’s Grow­ing Mis­sion in Africa

No sign of ISIS in the top story list but there is one two day old ISIS story one the page: Three Men Charged With Plot­ting ISIS-​Inspired Attack in New York but if you search for ISIS on the page every other result is the word “crI­SIS” (as in Puerto Rico Cri­sis). M

How about ABC? What makes their news­wor­thy list? at 12:15 PM on Sunday(which gives you an idea of how long this post takes)

Res­ig­na­tions, fall­out grow for embat­tled pro­ducer Wein­stein
4th US sol­dier killed in Niger ambush iden­ti­fied
Lon­don crash that injured 11 was acci­dent: Police
Hun­dreds of thou­sands rally against Cat­alo­nia seces­sion
Kim’s mur­der trial to resume with lab visit
Rap­per Nelly arrested for alleged rape
3 arrested dur­ing protest at Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity
Attack on Saudi palace in Jid­dah kills 2 guards
Trump admin­is­tra­tion rolls back birth con­trol man­date
Thou­sands demand Spanish-​Catalan negotiations

Is there a men­tion of the story any­where, let’s look at the search:

One story and that’s about migrant in Libya. Noth­ing about ISIS fight­ers sur­ren­der­ing there.

Well how about CBS surely they will find the NYT Isis story worth covering

NRA leader weighs in on bump stocks, tells ATF to “do its job“
More than 100,000 are with­out power as storm surge pushes over beach­front high­way and floods streets
Details revealed about Las Vegas shooter’s note
“First Ex” Ivana Trump on par­ent­ing and the president’s tweets
How Face­book ads helped elect Trump
Trump says Bob Corker “begged” for endorse­ment — and sen­a­tor fires back

Or not. And once again a search for “isis” brings 4 “cri­sis” results and a link to this video from their news­cast: jus­tice dept unseals details of 2016 isis plot in New York City.

Finally let’s try NPR. They’re pub­licly funded so nat­u­rally they’re going to be right on top of news that mat­ters there aren’t they?there:

Biloxi Faces Flood­ing As Nate Makes Sec­ond Land­fall On Gulf Coast
Pence In Las Vegas: ‘We Are United In Our Resolve To End Such Evil’
Lawyer Lisa Bloom Resigns as Har­vey Wein­stein Adviser
Rus­sia Inves­ti­ga­tions In Con­gres­sional Cliffhanger, Trump Jr. May Revisit The Hill

Come on! Isn’t there even a men­tion of the ISIS on the page?

Appar­ently not.

So the ques­tion remains, Why isn’t the “Isis fight­ers sur­ren­der en masse” story the lead every­where, or at least listed in the top sto­ries any­where in the MSM? The best answer comes from a fel­low named Dodd

The MSM nar­ra­tive is Trump is bad, Trump is child­ish and Trump is an incom­pe­tent fail­ure and ISIS cut­ting and run­ning 9 months after he vowed to destroy them just doesn’t serve advanc­ing that mes­sage. I’l leave you with one last image Meme­o­ran­dum at 12:45 PM Sun­day Oct 8th the moment I fin­ished this post.


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One of the things about the MSM is they have professional editors with years of experience in the News Business.  Because of this we are often told that this gives them the edge in promoting newsworthy stories that the public needs to know.

Now I’ll concede that I’m just a poor blogger with a few brilliant writes posting at our site and that our annual tip jar hits don’t’ compare with the expense account of a MSM reporter that sets the news agenda, but it seems to me this story just might be a tad more newsworthy than the attention it is being given:

ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

That’s the headline at the NY Times (this and Weinstein this week?  Amazing!) and the body of the story is even more encouraging:

More than a thousand Islamic State fighters passed through that room this past week after they fled their crumbling Iraqi stronghold of Hawija. Instead of the martyrdom they had boasted was their only acceptable fate, they had voluntarily ended up here in the interrogation center of the Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq.

For an extremist group that has made its reputation on its ferociousness, with fighters who would always choose suicide over surrender, the fall of Hawija has been a notable turning point. The group has suffered a string of humiliating defeats in Iraq and Syria, but the number of its shock troops who turned themselves in to Kurdish officials at the center in Dibis was unusually large, more than 1,000 since last Sunday.

Given the threat of ISIS and the spectacular attacks they had achieved in the past you would think this story would be leading everywhere, particularly since the source is the New York Times from which all other media tends to take a lead.

Let’s take a peek and see.

Here are the top stories at CNN.com as of 12:02 PM sunday when I am writing this

Trump trashes outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker
Sen. Murphy: ‘Willing to move forward’ with GOP on bump stock ban
Tapper to GOP senator: Will you vote against NRA?
Zelizer: Tillerson should quit now
Russian police arrest hundreds in protests on Putin’s birthday
Charlottesville mayor slams white supremacists after another torch rally is held
Senator: Renegotiatiing Iran nuclear deal is a ‘fantasy’
Analysis: Supreme Court rookie takes on the chief
Spain’s PM considers dramatic measure for Catalonia
Marijuana is going mainstream

In fact there is no mention of ISIS at all on cnn’s home page

Hmm you would have thought CNN would have covered this.  How about NBC Here is the latest news there:

GOP Sen. Calls White House ‘an Adult Day Care Center’ After Trump Attack
Dove on Clean-Up Duty After Racially Insensitive Ad
Why Geography Stops Gun Control
White Nationalist Richard Spencer Leads Torch-Carrying Crowd in Charlottesville
Sanctuary Cities: Three States, Three Very Different Approaches
Jason Aldean Pays Tribute to Las Vegas Victims, Sings Tom Petty Song on ‘SNL’ TV
Deadly Ambush in Niger Highlights America’s Growing Mission in Africa

No sign of ISIS in the top story list but there is one two day old ISIS story one the page: Three Men Charged With Plotting ISIS-Inspired Attack in New York but if you search for ISIS on the page every other result is the word “crISIS” (as in Puerto Rico Crisis).  M

How about ABC? What makes their newsworthy list? at 12:15 PM on Sunday(which gives you an idea of how long this post takes)

Resignations, fallout grow for embattled producer Weinstein
4th US soldier killed in Niger ambush identified
London crash that injured 11 was accident: Police
Hundreds of thousands rally against Catalonia secession
Kim’s murder trial to resume with lab visit
Rapper Nelly arrested for alleged rape
3 arrested during protest at Virginia University
Attack on Saudi palace in Jiddah kills 2 guards
Trump administration rolls back birth control mandate
Thousands demand Spanish-Catalan negotiations

Is there a mention of the story anywhere, let’s look at the search:

One story and that’s about migrant in Libya.  Nothing about ISIS fighters surrendering there.

Well how about CBS surely they will find the NYT Isis story worth covering

NRA leader weighs in on bump stocks, tells ATF to “do its job”
More than 100,000 are without power as storm surge pushes over beachfront highway and floods streets
Details revealed about Las Vegas shooter’s note
“First Ex” Ivana Trump on parenting and the president’s tweets
How Facebook ads helped elect Trump
Trump says Bob Corker “begged” for endorsement — and senator fires back

Or not.  And once again a search for “isis” brings 4 “crisis” results and a link to this video from their newscast: justice dept unseals details of 2016 isis plot in New York City.

Finally let’s try NPR.  They’re publicly funded so naturally they’re going to be right on top of news that matters there aren’t they?there:

Biloxi Faces Flooding As Nate Makes Second Landfall On Gulf Coast
Pence In Las Vegas: ‘We Are United In Our Resolve To End Such Evil’
Lawyer Lisa Bloom Resigns as Harvey Weinstein Adviser
Russia Investigations In Congressional Cliffhanger, Trump Jr. May Revisit The Hill

Come on!  Isn’t there even a mention of the ISIS on the page?

Apparently not.

So the question remains, Why isn’t the “Isis fighters surrender en masse” story the lead everywhere, or at least listed in the top stories anywhere in the MSM? The best answer comes from a fellow named Dodd

The MSM narrative is Trump is bad, Trump is childish and Trump is an incompetent failure and ISIS cutting and running 9 months after he vowed to destroy them just doesn’t serve advancing that message. I’l leave you with one last image Memeorandum at 12:45 PM Sunday Oct 8th the moment I finished this post.


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