NC Lawmaker Offends Jihad Media with Term ‘Jihad Media’

(Paul Chesser, Liberty Headlines) A North Carolina state Senator has caught the attention of several members of the state Capitol press corps with a series of Tweets in which he characterizes them — and some national reporters — with the term “jihad media.”

State Sen. Dan Bishop, a Republican whose district covers part of Charlotte, initiated the term on Wednesday this week, the day following the special Congressional elections in Georgia and South Carolina, in an observation regarding an Associated Press story about the victory in the Atlanta suburbs by Republican Karen Handel:


NC State Sen. Dan Bishop

The AP story claimed that her “thank you to Trump was Handel’s most public show of support of the man who wasn’t embraced by many voters in the well-educated suburban Atlanta district in November….” This was a false narrative, however. John Anzalone, a pollster for Handel’s opponent Jon Ossoff, told Politico that despite success in out-fundraising the Republican and strong turnout by Democrats in the district, they were swamped by the turnout of Trump supporters.

“This has much more to do with a historic turnout — 260,000 people, 40,000 more than a midterm — in a special election, which is normally a very restrictive universe,” Anzalone said. “At the end of the day with 260,000 people voting, we just ran out of Democrats and independents.”

Which led NC Sen. Bishop to re-Tweet Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway:

From there, Bishop moved on to CNN with the “jihad media” characterization. The news network had Tweeted that in an incident in which a police officer was attacked at a Michigan airport, the suspect “said something in Arabic” before stabbing the officer:

To which conservative documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza enlightened the network:

Hence Sen. Bishop’s Tweet:

Next Bishop trained his sights on state capitol journalists — specifically The News & Observer, which published an article about how the state budget produced by the Republican-dominated NC General Assembly sought to “clip” the “wings” of Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein. Cooper, the previous attorney general, and Stein have both taken measures to overturn laws passed by the GOP lawmakers and previous Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, via state and federal courts. They have also withdrawn the state from federal lawsuits or failed to defend the state in cases before federal judges, forcing the Republicans to hire their own outside legal representation in the cases.

The News & Observer emphasized in its story how Republicans have removed some responsibilities and resources from Cooper and Stein, which Bishop Tweeted:

Why “carrying water?” Because The News & Observer obsessed over a miniscule portion of the budget that curbed some resources for Cooper and Stein, but on a greater scale hiked teacher pay, provided middle class tax cuts, and provided relief for victims of Hurricane Matthew. As Bishop elaborated in a subsequent Tweet:

The News & Observer and most of the other NC major media produced articles and broadcast reports in 2016 that heavily favored the Democrat Cooper over incumbent Republican McCrory, most of which had to do with the controversial “transgender bathroom” bill (or “House Bill 2,” of which Bishop was primary architect). Hence Bishop’s characterization of Cooper as the media’s “boy.”

Other North Carolina reporters began to catch on to Bishop’s “jihad media” Tweet flurry. WBTV’s Nick Ochsner, the state government reporter for the Charlotte CBS affiliate, took notice, Tweeting that Bishop applied the label because of a story he “disagrees with,” to which the Senator replied:

Ochsner noted in another Tweet that Bishop stood by his “jihad media” characterization:


Finally, coverage of Bishop’s “jihad” Tweets made it into the legacy media’s news reports. WRAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, noted that Bishop “gleefully engaged in a Twitter war with several news organizations” in a Thursday news digest. The ABC and CBS affiliates in the state capitol published online stories also. The News & Observer also capsulized the Bishop “jihad” Tweet series for their readers as well, noting that a spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said that while he wouldn’t have used those words, he “understands Sen. Bishop’s frustration with the overt liberal bias of some of the state’s reporters.”

Bishop himself confirmed that thinking for WRAL.

“The media’s ideological crusade is now so intense that many news reporters openly abandon even their pretense of objectivity,” he told the TV station in an email. “I did intend to use a term to fully convey that state of affairs.”