Both left- and right-wing accounts of the mass murder at Ft. Hood are haunted by the specter of "political correctness."
Faced with a man reportedly yelling "Allahu Akbar!" and mowing down dozens of soldiers on a U.S. military base in Texas, journalists at mainstream news organizations and left-wing bloggers were nearly unanimous in promoting explanations that allowed them to ignore the suspect's religious and political beliefs.
In an article that was widely echoed in other newspapers and broadcasts, Erica Goode of The New York Times explained Sunday that the alleged killer, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was a victim of "post-traumatic stress disorder" even before he had "experienced the reality of war."