This journalism "course" and the calculated propaganda effort it embodies is wrong on so many levels that it's hard to even pick a place to begin.
Why exactly would anyone want to downplay serial mass murder? Is the goal to have more of it?
Mind you, we spend millions if not billions of dollars trying to prevent conditions that cause death or injury to merely a handful of people each year. Thousands of products have been permanently banned after they resulted in one or a tiny handful of deaths.
So we spend countless millions trying to prevent a few deaths here (30 deaths in 10 years) and a few there (lawn darts banned after just three deaths), only to see thousands wiped out in a single day of terror (9/11 anyone?)
The September 11th attack betrays the fallacy in the effort to minimize the threat of terrorism. On one day, the World Trade Center was entirely destroyed and many of its occupants and rescuers killed, the U.S. military headquarters at the Pentagon was directly attacked with many more resulting deaths, either Congress or the White House was also targeted, and the aviation industry was stricken simultaneously with four hijackings in a calculated effort to bring an entire nation to its knees.
Ah, but Islamic terrorism is not the "leading" cause of death in the world!
Since every person on earth will eventually die of natural causes, if all goes well, to say that Islamic terorrism is not (yet) the "leading" cause of death in the world is not saying anything at all.
Here's what's different about Islamic terrorism:
1. It results in entirely unnecessary death;
2. Due to homicide;
3. Planned by evil men whose goal is world domination, and who will stop at nothing to achieve that goal, until we force them to stop;
4. And is perpetrated primarily through surprise terror attacks on innocent, non-combatant men, women and children who are minding their own business.
The Islamic jihad doesn't start or end with murder, mass murder, and attempts to destroy entire countries. The Islamic jihad also uses every form of mayhem known to man, including acid attacks, beatings, torture, rape, mutilation, ruthless suppression of personal freedom, and much, much more.
Malaria doesn't do that. AIDS doesn't do that. No mindless disease on earth ruthlessly targets and destroys innocent lives the way the Islamic jihad has.
As is written at WikiIslam:
Partly through fear and partly through politically correct hypocrisy, the Western media rarely publish news stories involving Islamic violence and persecution. This may seem a strange statement to some who constantly hear other proclaiming that the media focuses far too much on the negative actions of Muslims, but did you know that in 2008 alone, there were 2,204 separate documented incidents of Islamically motivated violence which led to death? In total there were 10,779 deaths and another 18,213 critically injured. That's more people killed each and every year in the name of Islam, than in all 350 years of the Spanish Inquisition combined. More than 29 people are killed in religiously motivated attacks every single day at the hands of Muslims, but do do you hear of this on the TV or radio? If you spend just one short hour reading through some of the news articles we have compiled, there would have been another one to two deaths attributed to Islam and countless other incidents involving beatings, rapes, abductions, forced conversions, desecration of non-Muslim buildings etc. No other religion or ideology [past or present] inspires the sort of hate that Islam produces.
The enablers, deniers, minimizers and excusers of the vicious worldwide Islamic jihad are contemptible.