NPR Ties Barcelona Terrorism to . . . Charlottsville!

NPR should be called National PATHETIC Radio.

Although the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack in which a van mowed down shoppers in a gruesome pre-planned terrorist attack, NPR apparently wants to blame an Adolf Hitler groupie in Charlottesville as well — or at least try to tie the two events to each other.

In a casual city-name-drop near the end of its “Spain Attack Update” report concerning the Barcelona terrorist attack on NPR’s Morning Edition radio show entitled “Spain Attack Update,” the reporter linked Charlottesville to the ISIS-directed terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain.

Frank Langfitt is the NPR reporter on location in Spain.  He interviewed a local witness, Mr. Caesar Castro, the owner of a shop on Las Ramblas boulevard.

Langfitt reported that Mr. Castro wasn’t surprised by what happened. Translating Mr. Castro’s words, Langfitt reported:

[Castro] saw people running.  He sort of knew that this was going to happen…. He had already run this through his mind many times before. He had seen this on TV, the other attacks in Paris and London. And he said ‘Here it was time.  We were expecting it.’

Concluding his report, Langfitt then inserts personal commentary, slipping in Charlottesville as a causal city-name-drop:

“So all those attacks especially with the vans in Paris, London — even Charlottesville recently — people are sort of…it’s not something that surprises them any more.”  

Listen to the radio report here.  Mr. Langfitt’s translation of Mr. Castro’s account begins about 4:02.

NPR — which is taxpayer-subsidized — wasn’t the only network to link the two attacks.  CNN’s Wolf Blitzer also tried to draw a parallel, calling Barcelona a “copycat” version of what took place in Charlottesville, The Hill said.

“There will be questions about copycats, questions about if not what happened in Barcelona was at all, at all, a copycat version of what happened in Charlottesville, Va. Even though they may be different characters, different political ambitions, they used the same killing device — a vehicle going at high speed into a group, a large group, of pedestrians,” he said.

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But as The Hill observed, ISIS has claimed responsibility for “similar vehicle-ramming incidents in London and Berlin over the course of the last year.”

Which means the Barcelona attack is just the latest in a string of terror-related car attacks and has nothing to do with Barcelona.


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