Why were we caught with our preparedness pants down on Sept. 11?
Some blame the government for ignoring not only the warning signs but also previous terrorist acts and threats to repeat them. While the past two administrations can share some blame, a major culprit is the media. The press fiddled with the likes of Gary Condit and Chandra Levy; with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky; with the political games Republicans and Democrats played over the budget and electoral politics, while America was being prepared for burning by her enemies.
This isn't the first time the news media has deliberately missed a story with religious roots. During the 1929 Scopes trial, the media of that day thought they had buried fundamentalism.
Now comes another religious movement, with an indictment of secular culture similar to Christian conservatism, but with a far more radical and dangerous proposal for altering it. While the ‘‘religious right'' sought victory through the ballot box, radical Islam seeks it at the point of a gun. But the press missed this, too, to our common detriment.