The Washington Post has been out in full force to spin a story of a Muslim teenager killed by a illegal immigrant as a hate crime.
The story focuses on Nabra Hassanen, 17, who was murdered on June 18 after leaving a mosque in Sterling, Virginia. She was beaten with a baseball bat by Darwin Martinez Torres, an illegal immigrant.
Authorities say the incident was tied to road rage.
And the perpetrator’s illegal immigration status was widely reported — but the Washington Post is failing to pick up on that point, preferring instead to focus on the fact the victim was Muslim.
The Post published “Pressure grows to classify Muslim girl’s slaying a hate crime” on June 20 in which the paper described Torres, 22, as simply a “construction worker” from Virginia. The article did note that local police found no “evidence that Martinez Torres was motivated to kill Nabra because of her religion.”
The story, however, still quoted the victim’s father, Mohmoud Hassanen, saying that Nabra was killed because she was Muslim. It also featured a bizarre quote from Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who said it is “premature” to classify the killing as a road rage incident. Hooper instead claimed it is safer to say that it was motivated by Hassanen’s religion.
The Post has stuck to this narrative in its coverage of the killing by promoting the idea that Hassanen was murdered by an illegal immigrant from El Salvador because she was a Muslim.
One article about attacks on Muslims during Ramadan said, “Fairfax County police said [Hassanen’s] killing was probably a ‘road rage incident,’ although many Muslims, including her father, believe she was targeted because of her religion.”
That same piece made an effort to tie violence against Muslims to President Trump and mentioned “anti-Muslim rhetoric” during the election. The Post also ran a story from a columnist titled: “Nabra Hassanen’s death may not legally be a hate crime, but it sure feels hateful.”
Hassenen’s alleged killer, Torres, was previously accused of punching, choking, and sexually assaulting a woman who said he was a member of MS-13. This fact was disclosed in a WaPo report, which was followed up by a story saying the police have not found any connections between Torres and the notorious street gang.
But Washington Post reporter Sharif Hassan did not mention this record in the paper’s most recent story on the killing. In “After killing of Muslim girl near mosque, talk of risks, rights and hijab,” Hassan did not mention Torres’ immigration status, but rather focused on the fear many Muslim women feel about wearing their headscarves.
The only mention of immigration in the article is of a video from May that showed a woman telling a Muslim woman that she wishes “they didn’t let you in the country.”
Let it go, Washington Post. The focus here is illegal immigration — not hysteria about the so-called targeting of Muslims.
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