MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Reports on Turkey Assassination, Omits Shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’
MSNBC host Chris Hayes reported on the comments made by Turkish assassin Mert Altintas in the aftermath of his murder of the Russian ambassador Tuesday, but curiously left out the fact that he yelled “Allahu akbar“– “God is great” in Arabic.
“The gunman was Turkish, a 22-year-old officer in the Ankara special forces,” the All In host said. “According to witnesses, the gunman yelled out, ‘Don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria,’ wounding three additional people before being fatally shot by police.”
Video of the shooting is readily available online, and shows that Altintas immediately yelled “Allahu akbar” after firing the shots. While nearly all outlets included that fact in their reports on the shooting (including MSNBC earlier in the day), Hayes did not.
Hayes’ was the only primetime MSNBC show to omit the phrase from its reporting entirely and/or not show the video of the shooting. By contrast, here’s how Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell covered the assassination, actually opening the segment with audio of Altintas yelling “Allahu akbar.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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