This is typical of our LSM. And, yes, Fox is now very much a part of our LSM. They lie, obfuscate, and intentionally mislead their readers.
To be fair, maybe this is indicative of “Science” writers, rather than members of our LSM.
So, Fox had this today …..
As the world’s foremost collector of rare biblical artifacts, Steven Green may have made a deal with the devil – helping to preserve Iraq’s disappearing Christian heritage by allegedly buying black market items plundered by the Islamic State.
Green, whose family-owned Hobby Lobby company clashed bitterly with the Obama administration over federal health care laws that required it to cover reproductive services, is being investigated by Customs & Border Protection reportedly for attempting to smuggle as many as 300 age-old cuneiform tablets from Iraq into the U.S. via Israel, labeling them “tiles.” It was not clear if the probe centers on Green, the company, or both, but the shipment was reportedly addressed to Hobby Lobby headquarters in Oklahoma City.
The tablets, which The Daily Beast reported are thousands of years old and inscribed with text used in ancient Assyria and Babylonia, were seized by Customs agents in Memphis, Tenn., in 2011, but were on their way into Green’s collection of the “rarest and most significant biblical texts and artifacts ever assembled” including “cuneiform tablets dating from the time of Abraham, Dead Sea Scroll fragments, biblical papyri and manuscripts, Torah scrolls, and rare printed Bibles.” …..
Look, I’ve no idea if the transaction was proper, or, if there is a story here. It may very well be that Green was trying to do something shady, or illegal. His motivations can’t be known by me, but, I hope his were of great intent. I fully support the preserving of such artifacts.
So, so far, I don’t really have a problem with the article, other than its inciting lead.
The problem I have with the article is that it later mentions “ISIS” six times and “ISIL” twice …… ISIS and ISIL being synonymous. The intent of the verbiage, while not specifically stated, is to imply that the Greens dealt with ISIS to buy the artifacts. That’s a problem. The problem being ISIS didn’t exist in 2011.
Did Green deal with some of ISIS’ predecessors? Perhaps. We absolutely have no way of knowing this. Neither does Fox. Indeed, there are no indications that they did. All of this is simply complete and utter conjecture. What we know is that some artifacts, presumably purchased by Green, we’re taken by Customs for an investigation.
Shame on Fox, the editors and writers. They are intentionally misleading their readers.
On a sad aside, just reading the latest comments, no one mentions that ISIS didn’t exist in 2011. God help us!