KJIPUKTUK, HALIFAX - Thankfully, a plot to kill a lot of people in Halifax on Valentine's Day was foiled.
Who were those plotters? Why would they want to do such an awful thing?
Well, they were murderous misfits, Federal Justice minister Peter MacKay told reporters yesterday, adding that the “the attack does not appear to have been culturally motivated, therefore not linked to terrorism.”
Maybe MacKay is right. Maybe he isn't.
But Nova Scotia's media is not giving us the information we need to make up our minds.
Reporters quote neighbours, who assure us the kids come from nice families and friends who are in shock that the plotters could even entertain such horrendous plans, let alone follow up on them.
That at least some of the plotters were into posting Nazi paraphernalia on their facebook pages, or espousing white supremacist ideas on message boards has been downplayed by local reporters.
The Tumblr blog of James Gamble, the 19-year old found dead in Timberlea, features pictures of Adolph Hitler and marching Nazis.
You go to the Tumblr blog of Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, the Illinois woman now in custody, and a swastika is the first thing you see.
Meanwhile, thanks to the work of people who know their way around in the world of blogs, message boards and handles, there are strong suggestions that at least Souvannarath has a long-time infatuation with fascist and white supremacist ideas. None of this has made it into Nova Scotia news outlets.
One CBC reporter looked at Gamble's Tumblr blog, and mentions the Nazi references in passing, almost as an afterthought.
The same for a Chronicle Herald story, where a reference to Nazi images warrants one sentence.
You have to wonder whether coverage would have changed in tone had the plotters been Muslims, and had the Tumblr images been of Osama Bin Laden, or ISIS militants?
Would that have become headline material? Would MacKay still have referred to misfits? Would reporters have shrugged it off?
Or would it have become a story about terrorism?
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