The Washington Post Smears a Starbucks Barista for Putting ISIS On Someone's Cup

/// A couple dozen protesters gathered Sunday afternoon outside the Philadelphia Starbucks where two black men were arrested in an incident that prompted social media outrage and an apology from the coffee chain's CEO. Several demonstrators passed around a bullhorn and gave speeches expressing their outrage over the Thursday arrest. Police say Starbucks employees had called 911 to say the men were trespassing. The men were released "because of lack of evidence" that a crime had been committed. (AP Photo/Ron Todt)

A view of the Washington Post building on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, in Washington. founder Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


Targeting individuals with no public profile to virtue signal for social justice warriors seems to be a favored past time of The Washington Post.

We all remember how they treated Nick Sandmann after he “smirked” at a Native American man named Phillips. In actuality, the teenager was being harassed by Phillips and verbally assaulted by the Black Hebrew Israelites, a racist hate group.

Well, the Post is at it again, this time going after a Starbucks barista for “discriminating” against a Muslim man.

Niquel Johnson paid for three drinks in Philadelphia on Sunday, and in typical Starbucks fashion, an employee asked for his name. Johnson, 40, told them “Aziz,” his Islamic name pronounced ah-zeez. He has used it for 25 years — and “countless” times at that particular store.

But three unusual things happened on this occasion, he said. When his order was ready, a staffer announced them by drink type, not his name.

The second unusual part was the employee wrote his name as “ISIS” — the acronym for the Islamic terror group — in the printout attached to all three drinks…

“I was shocked and angry. I felt it was discrimination,” Johnson told The Washington Post on Friday.

Yeah, you are reading that right. The Washington Post is running, as a national news story, an allegation of discrimination that was obviously just someone misspelling a name. Even though ISIS would become the king of international terrorist groups, Isis is also actually a name. It’s perfectly reasonable that someone not familiar with Middle Eastern names might confuse “Aziz” for “Isis.”


Of course, there’s more to this story. Namely, that the Post was simply regurgitating a CAIR press release without disclosing that’s what they were doing. HotAir noticed this in their report.

Sunday after leaving work, Philadelphia resident Abdul Aziz Johnson stopped at a Chestnut Hill Starbucks on Germantown Avenue with two friends and ordered three iced drinks, according to Jacob Bender, the executive director of CAIR-Philadelphia, the local chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations…

In a press release, Bender asked, “Was this an innocent mistake, or a sick joke associating Mr. Aziz and his friends, who were wearing traditional Muslim clothing, with the extremist group responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in Iraq and Syria, thus perpetuating the lie that Muslims are uniquely prone to violent behavior and terrorism?”

The entire story came from CAIR. Apparently when terrorist connected, dumpster fire organizations like CAIR say something, the valiant reporters at The Washington Post treat it as an unbiased source. That seems concerning.

Actually, the Post’s version is worse, because even the CAIR commentary acknowledges this could have been an honest mistake. Oh yeah, and the barista who wrote the word on the cup? He’s African American, just like Abdul Aziz is.


But there’s a broader issue here, which I mentioned early on. The way the media are constantly going after normal people, often for honest mistakes or jokes, to try to ruin their lives is disgusting. It’s poison to our social fabric. It’s also incredibly hypocritical, as these same press outlets cry foul the moment you target any of their reporters for criticism. This stuff needs to stop. A barista misspelling someone’s name is simply not national news, and the only reason to treat it is as such is for purely political reasons. Enough already.


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