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Michael Moore Criticizes Media For Use Of 'Terrorism'

| by Alex Scarr
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Filmmaker and native of Flint, Michigan, Michael Moore offered outspoken criticism of the media for coverage of a stabbing at the Bishop Airport in Flint.

"Any media calling Flint airport stabbing an 'act of terror' when you've NEVER referred 2 the Governor poisoning ppl of Flint as terrorism: FU," wrote Moore, referencing the months-long water crisis that plagued the city, reports AOL.

A man yelled "Alahu akbar" before stabbing a police officer in Flint's Bishop Airport, reported CNN. A nearby officer was able to subdue the attacker shortly after the stabbing began.

Amor Ftouhi, 49, has been charged with violence at an international airport and remains in custody. After stabbing the officer, Ftouhi allegedly said "Allah" several more times, adding "you have killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are all going to die."

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Moore was openly critical of the use of the term "terrorism" to describe the day's attack, questioning why the Flint water crisis was never categorized as such. The FBI has launched an official terrorism investigation into Ftouhi and his background.

The Flint water crisis began when the city transitioned its drinking water source to the Flint River in 2014, according to CNN. Soon after, concerns over the safety of the drinking water arose, citing high levels of bacteria.

By 2015, the EPA determined the water contained an unsafe level of lead and was not safe to drink. Lawsuits quickly emerged against city officials for their slow action to solve the water issues by 2016, and 12 people died from a Legionnaires' disease outbreak as a direct result of the contaminated water.

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In June 2017, several state officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the outbreak deaths. A total of 15 people have been charged in relation to the Flint water crisis.

Moore's tweet was referencing what he believed to be the media's unwillingness to classify the water crisis as domestic terrorism, while also describing the Flint airport attack as such.

Not all Twitter commenters agreed with Moore.

"Negligence and corruption is not terror," wrote one user. "Don't equate them."

"You are kidding, right?" wrote another. "When an attacker yelling 'Allah Akbar' stabs a person/police officer I am very sure they are not taking census."

Others saw the water issue in Flint to be unsolved, with more charges yet to come.

"Still baffled that the Governor hasn't been indicted & charged along with the team HE put in place!" wrote one commenter.

Sources: AOL, Michael Moore/Twitter, CNN (2, 3) / Photo credit: Montclair Film/Flickr, Andrew Jameson/Wikimedia Commons, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

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