Let’s try for a moment to put together two tragic events made very, very, differently. We care not to confuse the plans, but just think about the media mechanism and its pitfalls. First case: at the end of a fight whose dynamic is still to be clarified, in Fermo a Nigerian falls to the ground, dead. For this tragic fact, was arrested a local resident, Amedeo Mancini . Who is he? Known to the locals of Fermana, but is not any political militant.
There are his photos to a radical right banquet, but also his signatures for M5S . The Mayor of Fermo, a former Democratic Party member , knows him well, he seems to have been a supporter. “A few years ago he claimed to be communist,” says the mayor. Some say they also have seen him in some social centers in the area. In short, a profile that is noted as “peasant” and a little militant, of any deployment. But for the media, Amedeo Mancini is far right . He is a fascist, they knew right away and have it written anywhere and everywhere. Yet they know that man is a fascist. And if you point out the inconsistencies of this statement, they answer that it matter little ideas or acquaintances, those who behave in a certain way is a fascist, period. Even the false version of the Nigerian widow, denied by the post-mortem examinations, and by all witnesses does not change their position.
Case number two, completely different scenery. At Nice , during the celebrations of July 14, a man mows down the crowd with a truck and leaves 84 victims. Who is it? A Tunisian, Is it a jihadist? Here the same media from before suddenly becomes cautious. Some are ready to swear that Islam has nothing to do with it at all and it’s a classic crime of madness. The illusion holds, amazingly, even before the first evidence: the man had a father who was a well-known Tunisian Islamic extremist. Had pictures full of attacks and beheadings, while in the address book of his mobile phone was the number of one of the largest recruiters of jihadists in France, a Senegalese tied to Al Nusra Front . Check an uncle who relates how his nephew had been “radicalized” by an Algerian recruiter and member of Isis in Nice. And suddenly there are witnesses who remember, lately, I heard him praising the Islamic state . Yet many journalists are still waiting for the document in three copies signed by the Caliph with the necessary stamps in which it formally attesting that man is a soldier Isis.
In short, the picture is clear: on one side we have a terrorist act whose matrix is clear, limpid, crystalline (we will then discuss the degree of spontaneity or not the action). Yet it makes an enormous effort to recognize it for what it is. On the other there are other labels, such as that of “fascist”, which are dispensed liberally, without much regard, deciding who is and who is not, even apart from the person’s ideas .