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Society of Professional Journalists Advocates Whitewashing Islam
Little Green Footballs ^ | 3-5-08 | Charles Johnson

Posted on 03/05/2008 7:26:36 PM PST by atomic conspiracy

If you’ve wondered why so many mainstream media stories about Islamic issues omit important details and draw spurious morally equivalent conclusions, wonder no more. They’re doing it on purpose.

This was apparently released by the Society of Professional Journalists shortly after the 9/11 attacks: Guidelines for Countering Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling.

On Oct. 6 at its National Convention in Seattle, the Society of Professional Journalists passed a resolution urging members and fellow journalists to take steps against racial profiling in their coverage of the war on terrorism and to reaffirm their commitment to:

— Use language that is informative and not inflammatory;

— Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;

— Seek truth through a variety of voices and perspectives that help audiences understand the complexities of the events in Pennsylvania, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Guidelines

Visual images

— Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing Americans mourning those lost in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

— Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing rescue and other public service workers and military personnel.

— Do not represent Arab Americans and Muslims as monolithic groups. Avoid conveying the impression that all Arab Americans and Muslims wear traditional clothing.

— Use photos and features to demystify veils, turbans and other cultural articles and customs.

Stories

— Seek out and include Arabs and Arab Americans, Muslims, South Asians and men and women of Middle Eastern descent in all stories about the war, not just those about Arab and Muslim communities or racial profiling.

— Cover the victims of harassment, murder and other hate crimes as thoroughly as you cover the victims of overt terrorist attacks.

— Make an extra effort to include olive-complexioned and darker men and women, Sikhs, Muslims and devout religious people of all types in arts, business, society columns and all other news and feature coverage, not just stories about the crisis.

— Seek out experts on military strategies, public safety, diplomacy, economics and other pertinent topics who run the spectrum of race, class, gender and geography.

— When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.

— Do not imply that kneeling on the floor praying, listening to Arabic music or reciting from the Quran are peculiar activities.

— When describing Islam, keep in mind there are large populations of Muslims around the world, including in Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, India and the United States. Distinguish between various Muslim states; do not lump them together as in constructions such as “the fury of the Muslim world.”

— Avoid using word combinations such as “Islamic terrorist” or “Muslim extremist” that are misleading because they link whole religions to criminal activity. Be specific: Alternate choices, depending on context, include “Al Qaeda terrorists” or, to describe the broad range of groups involved in Islamic politics, “political Islamists.” Do not use religious characterizations as shorthand when geographic, political, socioeconomic or other distinctions might be more accurate.

— Avoid using terms such as “jihad” unless you are certain of their precise meaning and include the context when they are used in quotations. The basic meaning of “jihad” is to exert oneself for the good of Islam and to better oneself.

— Consult the Library of Congress guide for transliteration of Arabic names and Muslim or Arab words to the Roman alphabet. Use spellings preferred by the American Muslim Council, including “Muhammad,” “Quran,” and “Makkah,” not “Mecca.”

— Regularly seek out a variety of perspectives for your opinion pieces. Check your coverage against the five Maynard Institute for Journalism Education fault lines of race and ethnicity, class, geography, gender and generation.

— Ask men and women from within targeted communities to review your coverage and make suggestions.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fifthcolumn; goebbels; islamoganda; journalism; treason; usefulidiots
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I don't suppose those "targeted communities" would include Sderot and other communities targeted by Kassam rockets, with the connivance and support of the global media-industrial complex.

The father of activist media, Joseph Goebbels, must be looking up from hell right now and wondering why he could not have been born 60 years later.

Fourth Estate=Fifth Column. If these guidelines are not a smoking gun, nothing is.

1 posted on 03/05/2008 7:26:37 PM PST by atomic conspiracy
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To: atomic conspiracy

Forget about truth, eh?


2 posted on 03/05/2008 7:27:23 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: atomic conspiracy
More and more so-called "journalists" are Muslims. Has anyone else noticed the proliferation of Islamic-sounding names at major and minor newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, etc.?
3 posted on 03/05/2008 7:30:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Given a choice, the left will usually side with evil.


5 posted on 03/05/2008 7:32:33 PM PST by MtnClimber ("Bullfighting, Mountain Climbing and Auto-Racing are the only real sports.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

I hate these people.

Can I still say that?


6 posted on 03/05/2008 7:33:07 PM PST by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

This is news?


7 posted on 03/05/2008 7:33:31 PM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

This is why the internet is a great tool to counter this nonsense because of websites such as Daniel Pipes, Jihadwatch.org, and Little Green Footballs, ete.


8 posted on 03/05/2008 7:33:52 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: yldstrk

You are clearly a reactionary and a prime candidate for re-education, Comrade yldstrk

“Truth” is an artificial textual construct of the oppressive white male hegemony designed to maintain its oppressive hegemonic dominance over oppressed womyn, oppressed people of color, and other oppressed victims of the white male hegemonic oppressors.

Can I have my journalism degree now?


9 posted on 03/05/2008 7:34:06 PM PST by atomic conspiracy (Rousing the blog-rabble since 9-11-01)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Consult the Library of Congress guide for transliteration of Arabic names and Muslim or Arab words to the Roman alphabet. Use spellings preferred by the American Muslim Council, including “Muhammad,” “Quran,” and “Makkah,” not “Mecca.”

Oh ya, don't call it Mecca, might have a bad connotation (I wonder why). More bull*#t from politically correct journalists.

11 posted on 03/05/2008 7:35:35 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It would not be suprising. This is why sites like this one are so very important.


12 posted on 03/05/2008 7:35:47 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Regardless, I am still calling Mecca, Mecca. That is the PROPER ENGELISH word.


13 posted on 03/05/2008 7:37:27 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;

There goes my dinner.

15 posted on 03/05/2008 7:39:06 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Morgana

People forget the old saying, pictures like these DO NOT LIE.


16 posted on 03/05/2008 7:39:27 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: abb

The Lamestream Media strikes again!


17 posted on 03/05/2008 7:41:49 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (You can't be serious about national security unless you're serious about border security)
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To: Man50D

To nearly 85% at my workplace yes. 1.5 out of 10 keep up (in my best guesstimate)


18 posted on 03/05/2008 7:43:18 PM PST by eyedigress
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To: atomic conspiracy

“Youths”


20 posted on 03/05/2008 7:44:37 PM PST by gunservative
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To: atomic conspiracy

Here’s two sentences that are fun to put side by side:

1)Avoid using word combinations such as “Islamic terrorist” or “Muslim extremist” that are misleading because they link whole religions to criminal activity.
2)When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.

So remember kids, it’s ok to tag all whites as supremacists and anti-abortionists as radicals.

Jackasses.


22 posted on 03/05/2008 7:46:52 PM PST by m1911
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To: atomic conspiracy

Wouldn’t it be better to advise journalists to:

Tell the truth.

If you are ignorant about Islam, read up on it.

If you are ignorant of the various Muslim countries, read up on them.

Don’t take anyone’s word for it, either for or against. Do your homework. Read the Koran. Read the basic writings. Read a few histories of Islam. And read a few histories of the Crusades.

Facts, facts, facts. Sure, you should listen to what Muslims have to say for themselves, but do enough studying to know if they are telling the truth or lying.

Did Mohammed advocate rape, pillage, conquest, murder, oathbreaking, wife abuse? What do the sources reveal about these matters? What does it reveal about people who can accept these sorts of activities as the highest model of human behavior?

But I forgot. These folks were trained in journalism schools. Stuff like truth and facts and reading up on the background are completely foreign to them.


23 posted on 03/05/2008 7:47:38 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Mrs. B.S. Roberts; CaptainAmiigaf

Oh...yer gonna just love this.


24 posted on 03/05/2008 7:47:52 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Great spirits will always encounter violent opposition from mediocre minds.)
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To: Morgana

Second it!


25 posted on 03/05/2008 7:48:41 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: atomic conspiracy

— When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.


26 posted on 03/05/2008 7:48:59 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (It takes a father to raise a child.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

With that, you will hear the crickets chirping.


28 posted on 03/05/2008 7:50:09 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Morgana

....Going, going, GONE!!!!


30 posted on 03/05/2008 7:51:00 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Morgana

....SOLD!!!!


31 posted on 03/05/2008 7:51:28 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Cicero

Wouldn’t it be better to not call them “journalists”?


32 posted on 03/05/2008 7:51:32 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: mamelukesabre

But propagandists?


33 posted on 03/05/2008 7:52:10 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: Old Sarge

Yes, you can say that....but, probably not for long....


34 posted on 03/05/2008 7:53:20 PM PST by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character; Being Coddled Destroys Character)
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To: Inyo-Mono

Now we know where Sen. Allen (R-Va) got the word “maccaca”. It was really a reference to Mecca, or as the PC assholes spell it, “Makkah”.

Allen just stuttered on pronouncing it properly and came out with “maccaca”

A song title of “Makkak” just wouldn’t sound good as Gene Pitney’s “Mecca”. Capish?


37 posted on 03/05/2008 7:58:03 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Biggirl
scum that cannot be described accurately by a pious christian vocabulary.
39 posted on 03/05/2008 7:59:53 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Quantum materiae materietur marmota monax si marmota monax materiam possit materiari?)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Its also interesting how Arab imperialism is affirmed as an explicit textual reality. Non arab minorities who are being and have been erased are textually diminished by the constant preference for Arab descriptors in the style manual.


40 posted on 03/05/2008 8:00:06 PM PST by lonestar67 (Its time to withdraw from the War on Bush-- your side is hopelessly lost in a quagmire.)
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Liberals valuing the rights of Islamic Terrorists over the rights of American citizens.....sick


42 posted on 03/05/2008 8:01:34 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (McCain/Hillary/Obama: All Liberals To Me)
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To: Max Friedman
Capish?

Si.

43 posted on 03/05/2008 8:03:12 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (If you don't want people to get your goat, don't tell them where it's tied.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Agreed, I have some worse words, but as a woman and a Christian, the words would not be proper.


45 posted on 03/05/2008 8:04:01 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Notice they didn’t say “When covering the 9/11 terrorists, seek out terrorists from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.” Cause, uh....


46 posted on 03/05/2008 8:04:19 PM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Morgana

Darlin’ these colors don’t bleed! God Bless America! Every time I see that picture I clench my jaw and want to punch a Muslim. However, I was raised Catholic and would never do so. But it still makes my shackles stand up! (Southerners will understand that). Believe me, living in England and having to watch our Ancestral land kiss Islam’s Ass makes me wanna blow chunks on a daily basis!


47 posted on 03/05/2008 8:04:26 PM PST by wazoo1031
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To: Morgana

Sadly they have and are trying to impress this on to all of us.


48 posted on 03/05/2008 8:04:56 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: lonestar67

But in this 21st century, with the power of websites such as this, the cat poops are going more and more to “hit the fan”.


49 posted on 03/05/2008 8:07:24 PM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^=)
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To: atomic conspiracy
But why?

These nutcase journalists will be as ham stringed as anybody else under Sharia law and Islamic customs.

50 posted on 03/05/2008 8:08:17 PM PST by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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