Big Three Networks Avoid Calling ISIS 'Terrorists;' Label Them 'Rebels' and 'Militants'

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<p>[<em>More in the cross-post on the MRC's <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2014/08/09/big-three-network…; target="_blank">NewsBusters blog</a>.</em>]</p><p>The Big Three networks steered clear of labeling the Islamist group ISIS "terrorists" on their evening newscasts on 8 August 2014. Instead, ABC's <em>World News</em> and <em>CBS Evening News</em> labeled the genocidal radicals "militants." <em>NBC Nightly News</em> used the more benign "rebels" in their coverage of the group's latest attacks on the Kurdish part of Iraq.<br /><br />The closest that a journalist at ABC, CBS, or NBC got to using the "terrorist" label was Scott Pelley's teaser at the very top of <em>CBS Evening News</em>:<br /><br />SCOTT PELLEY (teaser): Tonight, back in battle: The President orders U.S. warplanes to attack Sunni Muslim extremists in northern Iraq to stop a campaign of terror. But he makes Americans this promise:<br /><br />PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq.</p>

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