Members of the media aren't afraid to say the terrorist attacks in Paris were done by radical Islamists. The White House? Not so much. On Tuesday the White House refused to acknowledge the Paris terrorist attacks were done by radical Islamists. Earnest repeatedly said that the White House wants to make sure that they are being "accurate." Earnest also stated that they would be "legitimizing what we consider to be a completely illegitimate justification for this violence."
Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist were perplexed by this.
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"You got the White House that has downplayed Al Quaeda. Basically said Al Quaeda is in its final stages. ISIS, the JV team," said Scarborough. "Now he;s saying it's not Islamic extremism when you are talking about the Prophet Muhammad," he continued.
Willie Geist agreed by questioning what the White House would gain from not labeling the attacks for what they are besides "warm feelings for themselves," he said.