Alpha Cheng is the son of accountant Curtis Cheng who was killed in a shooting outside a police headquarters in Parramatta, Australia back in 2015. He is now one of many who are taking issue with Trump’s list of “under-reported” terror attacks.
The attack in Australia was reportedly perpetrated by a 15-year-old teenager who was killed by responding officers.
If the story rings a bell, that is because it was pretty much all over the international news. In fact, many of the attacks cited, such as the Paris attack, the Orlando shooting, and the 2015 incident in San Bernardino, California, were extensively covered by the media.
In an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald, Cheng describes Trump’s pronouncement “so ridiculous” that it’s “befuddling”.
Cheng went on to say that he even got messages of condolences from around the world including the U.K., Hong Kong, Israel, France, Russia and U.S. — proof that it was in fact widely reported.
It was reported that a 15-year-old teenager shot and killed the NSW police financial officer as he left work in Parramatta in October 2015.
To make a point about media coverage of terrorism, Sean Spicer released a list of 78 “under-reported” terror attacks inspired by the Islamic State militant group between September 2014 to December 2016.
Five incidents in Australia were featured, including the Lindt Cafe siege and the shooting that claimed Cheng’s father’s life.
“It is clear that the US President gives limited regard to the victims and survivors of these incidents,” Cheng wrote. “It is clear that he will use any loose facts and stories to justify an anti-immigration, anti-Muslim and anti-humanity agenda.”
“What is the White House implying when it is accusing the media of under-reporting? That the media did not exaggerate and include ‘alternative facts’ to create hate and fear in the community? That the media did not immediately point fingers? That the media had the decency to focus on the messages of the families and people that are most affected by these incidents?”
Cheng pointed out that the actual problem is that terror attacks in non-Western regions are comparatively less represented in Western media.
“What I know to be under-reporting is when significant tragedies outside of the West do not receive the same outrage, concern, and coverage.”
“I remember where I was when I first read about the Lindt Cafe siege. It was international news. But, to my surprise, I learned much later that on the same day 132 school children were massacred at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan,” he wrote.
Questioning Trumps’ intention for releasing the list, he noted, “It is clear that the US President gives limited regard to the victims and survivors of these incidents.”
He then called him out for using “any loose facts and stories to justify an anti-immigration, anti-Muslim and anti-humanity agenda.”