A New York Times op-ed and now a story purporting to show that rightwing extremists are more dangerous than Muslim terrorists is so utterly dishonest it would have been given an "F" in any legitimate journalism school (Not that we have any in these politically correct days.) This is the narrative the NYT and other lefting outlets are pushing but it's not true.
The story states "Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists."
The obvious and dishonest problem with this is the arbitrary cutoff date. Why pick Sept. 11, 2001? The reason is obvious. If you include it the figures turn the other way - 48 by other extremists. 4,000-plus by jihadists. If the authors of this study included 9/11, it would disprove their point.
Certainly a more honest date to use would be to begin the study at Jan. 1, 2001, the beginning of the 21st century.
The second major problem is the survey only counts deaths. It ignores the hundreds of lethal plots discovered and stopped by law enforcement authorities. If the shoe bomber of the underwear bomber had been successful, it would have increased the death toll from Muslim terrorists considerably. The study authors conveniently left that out.
These two points alone make the study totally bogus.