In one of the most bizarre monologues in the history of cable news, a ‘terrorism analyst’ for MSNBC made the claim that the New York terrorist attack was “not Islam whatsoever,” despite widespread reports that the attacker screamed “Allahu Ackbar” during the attack.
Malcolm Nance, a former U.S. Navy cryptologist and current media commentator known for bringing a left-wing perspective to discussions about national security, made the comments during Tuesday night’s episode of Hardball With Chris Matthews:
“What you’re seeing is not Islam, whatsoever, none of this is condoned, including the, you know, sacrificing and getting yourself killed at the end of a terrorist attack. None of that is Islamic, it’s anti-Islamic.”
Nance unabashedly and vigorously uttered these words despite the fact that the NYC terror attack suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, was an Uzbeki immigrant who pledged his allegiance to ISIS and was clearly heard shouting the Islamic phrase “Allahu Akbar!” after leaving the truck he used to massacre innocent people just moments before.
It’s not uncommon to hear voices in the mainstream media defend the Islamic faith after similar instances of jihadist terrorism, but Nance’s complete denial that religion played any role in Saipov’s motivations clearly puts him in a new category here.
In Nance’s defense, it’s possible that he genuinely had no idea whatsoever of the true intentions of the NYC terror suspect, given the extreme reluctance in the mainstream media to report on the telltale phrase “Allahu Akbar!” used in the attack, with many outlets replacing it instead with “God is great!”
While we hope Nance corrects the comments he made last night and apologizes for his perhaps inadvertent disregard for the facts, we can’t advise waiting for such a retraction with bated breath.