Skip to comments.ISLAMIZING JOURNALISM SCHOOL: “COVERING ISLAM IN AMERICA"
Posted on 10/01/2011 2:42:46 AM PDT by expat1000
Judith Miller at FOX has picked up on my coverage of islamizing journalism: "Islam on Main Street" for reporters and aspiring reporters covering Muslim communities in America. and this back in January,The Society of Professional Journalists: Why We Never Get the Straight Story on Islamic Jihad
Miler signed up for a journalism class, Covering Islam in America," and was shocked, (shocked, I tell ya) to find the whitewashing of jihad. Miller calls out Poynter Institute and the professors teaching the course. And while Miller believes that "there are excellent individuals in CAIR" (who?) at least she is covering this critical issue and calling out the propagandists.
Journalism Class That Urges 'Context' in Reporting on Jihad Misses Point: Motive Matter by Judith Miller The respected Florida-based Poynter Institute, whose mission is to improve journalism in support of democracy, is trying to help journalists cover Islam more effectively by offering a new on-line course free of charge. So I registered.
And I learned, among other fairly uncontroversial facts about what has been among the worlds fastest growing religions, that while approximately 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, approximately 15,000 people in the U.S. are murdered each year.
I also learned that in most years, jihad organizations have accounted for well under 1 percent of the half million people who are murdered annually. At its peak of what, Poynter.news University doesnt tell us the jihad groups have accounted for under 2 percent of the toll.
Poynters professors Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin, both former foreign correspondents also tell me that 500,000 individuals die each year from nutritional deficiencies, (I suppose in laymans English, they mean hunger and related causes) more than 800,000 from malaria, and two million from HIV/AIDS.
So jihad is not a leading cause of death in the world, the course states, even in the three countries that account for the bulk of the casualties: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.
The professors offer these helpful comparative death tolls to give the 9/11 death toll some context, they say. But the implicit message of the course seems obvious enough: 3,000 dead Americans, (and they might have looked up the actual death toll) have been over-covered. Why dont journalists spend more time covering malaria, or hunger, or especially HIV/AIDS, which the last time I checked, was hardly being ignored by the nations media?
For that matter, why arent the media investigating bathtub deaths, since according to Overblown, John Muellers attack on what he regards as the governments obsessive focus on terrorism, more Americans die in bathtub accidents each year than in terrorist attacks?
The answer should be fairly obvious to such an august institution as Poynter: just as the press covers murders rather than traffic fatalities, which far outnumber killings in America each year, it covers terrorism intensively because motive matters. If it bleeds it leads, may be a rule-of-thumb in journalism, but how and why the person died still determine the importance of the story. Terrorism is not just run-of-the-mill murder; It attempts to strike at the heart of who and what we are as a nation. And to compare the numbers who died in the deadliest terror strike in our nations history with the annual homicides, which occur in all countries and cultures, is to miss the point of what happened in and to America on that fateful day.
Just what kind of journalism is Poynter promoting?
Terrorism was legitimately the story of the past decade. And we need only look at todays newspapers though no longer on the front pages of most of them to appreciate the potential threat it still poses, despite Americas impressive gains against this intractable scourge.
As Poynter was recruiting journalism students for its mediocre course on Islam, real journalists were reporting that a 26-year-old man from a town west of Boston, as The New York Times described him in its first graf, was being charged with plotting not only to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives, but also to supply Al Qaeda with detonation devices and weapons to kill American soldiers overseas. The suspect, Rezwan Ferdaus, the Times continues, is an American citizen with a physics degree from Northeastern University in Boston.
Are those facts about him more important than something that is never reported in the story the fact that he is a Muslim? The story dances all around religion, of course. It quotes the FBI affidavit as saying that Ferdaus considered Americans enemies of Allah, for instance. But nowhere does it say that he is part of a tiny, but growing, worrisome trend among Muslim Americans those who are being radicalized here at home by real-life and on-line radical Islamist clerics and by myriad other factors that are still poorly understood.
The Poynter course, Covering Islam in America, barely mentions the proliferation of such home-grown Islamist terrorism in its discussion of important trends and facts about Islam. Its omissions documented in detail by the conservative Media Research Center are legion. Among them are the death fatwas issued by militants Muslims against Salman Rushdie (perhaps that is by now too ancient an outrage to include) or the more modern day threats against Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon about the Muslim prophet Mohammed sparked riots around the world.
Although just this week Saudi women were just promised the right to vote albeit in a municipal election four years from now the new course gives short shrift to the Wahabism in the kingdom which makes women unable to make basic decisions about their lives to travel, work, get educated, or open a business without the permission of a male guardian. It says nothing, as MRC notes, about the fact that the Saudis executed a Sudanese worker last week for the Islamic crime of sorcery.
Its list of individuals and organizations for journalists to consult include such groups as CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which the FBI has shunned for a time, and other dubious, self-appointed spokespersons for Islam. While there are excellent individuals in CAIR and at several of the other organizations the course lists, there are also some extremely radical voices. But Poynters free, on-line tutorial on Islam offers few such caveats. (You get what you pay for, I suppose.)
From the comments section at Atlas Shrugs:
Someone put a link in the comments section of her story (Judith’s). It takes you to another story regarding the funding for the class which comes from...Soros! Read below:
“The George Soros-funded Social Science Research Council, which received $50,000 from the Open Society Institute ‘’For Initiative on HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation,’’ is one of the groups behind the initiative, along with the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. That fits with a theme for liberal financier Soros, who has spent more than $52 million on influencing the media. The Islamic course also links to another Soros-funded entity, the well-financed Center for American Progress.”
Thanks for linking this story Pamela. It’s great reference material when dealing with the issue of bias in the media. I know it will help me because I intend to be relentless when it comes to the stories my newspaper decides to run.
They don't “miss” anything, it's deliberate assistance to a force that despises America as they themselves always have. In this vein; History 2 channel, The Dark Ages. They compress centuries in one sentence saying that with the Vikings no longer harrying the Knights they were more or less bored and were up for some action when Pope Urban called them to attack the holy land (failing also to mention 6 hundred years of moslim militence). They then ascribed the coming Renaissance to the knowledge (books, history) the Knights had pillaged out of the middle east.
Figures dont lie,but Liars can sure figure
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