This Muslim American Writer Breaks Down How Predictable Media Reactions To Terrorism Have Become

In a tweetstorm on March 22, Moroccan-American and Muslim writer Laila Lalami bemoaned “scripted” American media reactions to terrorism and mass shootings.

Lalami called out media for blaming an entire religion, scapegoating refugees, and for immediately demanding torture or military action after terrorist events. In the wake of March 22 terrorist attacks in Brussels, Fox News personalities and other right-wing media figures did exactly that, and more, defending the profiling of Muslims, demanding that the government lock down the border, and calling for waterboarding.