Censors French President Saying ‘Islamist Terrorism’
April 1, 2016
The White House website has censored a video of French
Pres. Francois Hollande saying that “Islamist terrorism” is at the “roots
The White House briefly pulled video of a press event on
terrorism with Pres. Obama, and when it reappeared on the WhiteHouse.gov website
and YouTube, the audio of Hollande’s translator goes silent, beginning with
the words “Islamist terrorism,” then begins again at the end of his
Even the audio of Hollande saying the words “Islamist
terrorism” in French have, apparently, been edited from the video.
According to the
official White House transcript of Hollande’s remarks, Hollande refers to
“Islamist terrorism.” The audio of the bold text in brackets is missing from
the video – the only point in the video were the audio is absent:
“We are also making sure that between Europe and the
United States there can be a very high level coordination.
“But we're also well aware that the roots of terrorism,
[Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq. We therefore have to act
both in Syria and in Iraq, and this is what we're doing within the framework of
the coalition.] And we note that Daesh is losing ground thanks to the
strikes we've been able to launch with the coalition.”
Watch the video of Hollande's censored comment:
Pres. Obama has come under fire from Republicans for his
refusal to say “radical Islam” when discussing terrorism and, again
yesterday, he declined to do so.
Obama made three vague mentions of terrorism, citing the
“hands of terrorism,” the “scourge of terrorism,” and
“counterterrorism” in Thursday’s press event.
A screen shot of the White House transcript of Hollande's
"Islamist terrorism" comment is below:
An archived screen shot of the White House website saying
the video had been removed follows: