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Headless Body In Gutless Press (Mark Steyn On Honor Killings And The MSM Alert)
National Review ^ | 2/15/2009 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 02/15/2009 5:06:01 PM PST by goldstategop

Just asking, but are beheadings common in western New York? I used to spend a lot of time in that neck of the woods and I don't remember decapitation as a routine form of murder. Yet the killing of Aasiya Hassan seems to have elicited a very muted response.

When poor Mrs Hassan's husband launched his TV network to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims, he had no difficulty generating column inches, as far afield as The Columbus Dispatch, The Detroit Free Press, The San Jose Mercury News, Variety, NBC News, the Voice of America and the Canadian Press. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle put the couple on the front page under the headline "Infant TV Network Unveils The Face Of Muslim News".

But, when Muzzammil Hassan kills his wife and "the face of Muslim news" is unveiled rather more literally, detached from her corpse at his TV studios, it's all he can do to make the local press - page 26 of Newsday, plus The Buffalo News, and a very oddly angled piece in the usually gung-ho New York Post, "Buffalo Beheading: Money Woe Spurred Slay".

Oh, really? He beheaded her for some goofy clause in the insurance policy? Not exactly:

An upstate TV exec who set up a channel promoting Muslims as peace-loving people was stressed about his failing business in the days before he allegedly chopped off his estranged wife's head, a friend of the couple said today.

Ah.

"He was worried about the station's future," said Dr. Khalid Qazi, a friend of the couple and president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, who last spoke to the Hassans a week ago...

"Domestic violence is despicable, and Islam condones it in no way whatever," he said.

"Murders are being committed in the US every day by people of all faiths."

Well, maybe. But for sheer news value you'd think this one might stand out. Look at this picture. That's the very definition of "moderate Muslim". Look at the late Aasiya Hassan, beautifully coiffed, glossy-lipped. On countless occasions since 9/11, I've found myself at lunch or dinner in New York, London, Washington, Paris or some other western city, sitting next to a modern Muslim woman like Mrs Hassan telling me how horrified she is at how hijabs and burqas, honor killings and genital mutilation, forced cousin marriages and the disproportionate number of Muslim wives in European battered women's shelters, how all these have come to define Muslim womanhood in the 21st century. Yet Aasiya Hassan ended up no differently - all because her husband's TV network had a cashflow problem?

The media's lack of curiosity is in marked contrast to their willingness to propagandize for the launch of Mr Hassan's station. It also helps explain why the US newspaper business is dying.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aisyahassan; corruptmedia; honorkillings; islam; islamorage; marksteyn; misogynism; msm; msmdrivebys; muzammilhassan; nationalreview; rop
The MSM buries the topic of "honor killings" and Islamic misogynism in the back page. No wonder its undergoing a slow death.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

1 posted on 02/15/2009 5:06:01 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

Already posted but if an Amish beheaded his wife it would be screaming headlines. The MSM and people in general are petrified of Islamofascists and their rusty knives.


2 posted on 02/15/2009 5:11:44 PM PST by omega4179 (1.20.13 end of an error , a big one.)
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To: goldstategop

Hey, you gotta watch it when you get into factual reporting of the carrying-ons of the followers of the prophet.

Unlike Republicans, they’ll kill you.

The fearless “free press” draws the line at that point.

Now back to MSM story number 99,426 about narrow-minded bigoted conservatives and how intolerant they are.


3 posted on 02/15/2009 5:14:50 PM PST by Steely Tom (RKBA: last line of defense against vote fraud)
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To: goldstategop

I guess this means the TV station will close down for a week or so, until CAIR finds a new man to run it.


4 posted on 02/15/2009 5:14:59 PM PST by Venturer
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To: goldstategop

Muslims: you can put neckties on them, teach them impeccable English, and they still turn out to be nothing but BLOODY SAVAGES!!!

):^(


5 posted on 02/15/2009 5:15:00 PM PST by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My cartridges are lubricated with pig grease!")
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To: goldstategop

But just let your leg wonder outside a bathroom stall in a “wide stance” and the MSM will be all over it for weeks...


6 posted on 02/15/2009 5:15:17 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: omega4179
I think you meant Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch version. The point is that political incorrectness does not arouse MSM curiosity. If a Christian husband had beheaded his wife, it would be front-page news all over the country and be the leader in the nightly newscasts. When an alleged "moderate" Muslim commits the crime, there's complete silence.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

7 posted on 02/15/2009 5:15:38 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: omega4179

This is one that should be posted everyday to make up for the lack of coverage in the MSM. Kidding, but we should email this story to the big media companies, everyday. All of us.


8 posted on 02/15/2009 5:16:34 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: goldstategop

Pamela Geller has just posted at Atlas Shrugs a harrowing collection of photographs of honor killing victims. Scroll and scroll, and it just keeps going — so many victims, and still these photographs represent only the tiniest fraction of honor killing victims worldwide. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/02/losing-our-heads-.html
Note that the vast majority of the victims pictured were living in America or elsewhere in the West.
http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/024864.php#respond


9 posted on 02/15/2009 5:18:01 PM PST by anglian
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To: goldstategop

Said this on the other thread. I live in Buffalo and didn’t find this out locally .... I read it here.


10 posted on 02/15/2009 5:19:44 PM PST by AirForceMom (Locked and loaded, and sharpening my pitchfork.)
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To: goldstategop

Muzzammil Hassan came to America from Pakistan 25 years ago. He became a successful banker in Buffalo, New York, near the famed Niagara Falls.

While he and his wife were happy to be in the United States, they were upset by the negative perceptions of Muslims, and particularly how this perception might affect their children.

That is how they came up with the idea of Bridges TV. Mr. Hassan's wife challenged him to start it.

Muzzammil Hassan MUZZAMMIL HASSAN, FOUNDER, BRIDGES TV

"I had no background in television. I didn't know anything about TV. Her comment was, 'you have an M.B.A. (masters degree in business) why don't you write a business plan?'"

And so he did. He quit his job at the bank and for the next two to three years worked almost non-stop in developing an English language television network that offers news and entertainment for Muslims.

Mr. Hassan hopes Bridges TV lives up to its name by uniting American Muslims and by helping non-Muslims overcome the negative images they may have of both Muslims and Islam.

"There should be a Muslim media so that Muslim children growing up in America grow up with the self confidence and high self esteem about their identity both as Americans and as Muslims."

SOURCE

11 posted on 02/15/2009 5:22:07 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum!)
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To: goldstategop

It is pretty frickin’ bad when Canada seems more free than the US! We have sunk to low status when we let our News Media get away with down playing this sh**!


12 posted on 02/15/2009 5:22:37 PM PST by calex59
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To: omega4179

Well, the Drive-By media and their shrinking audience are certainly petrified of the islamic fascist scum but conservatives are not afraid of anybody, especially those barbarians from the ROP.


13 posted on 02/15/2009 5:23:20 PM PST by hyperconservative (Isaiah 40:31)
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To: omega4179

“Already posted but if an Amish beheaded his wife it would be screaming headlines.”
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If Sarah Palin’s second cousin’s barber’s nephew’s accountant’s brother-in-law did it you would be seeing nothing else nonstop for ninety days with special updates every hour.


14 posted on 02/15/2009 5:28:21 PM PST by RipSawyer (I have scant HOPE for the PRESENT absent a major CHANGE.)
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To: goldstategop; All
From the Bridges TV website:

"This website is temporarily down for maintenance."

15 posted on 02/15/2009 5:33:21 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: RipSawyer

‘zackly.


16 posted on 02/15/2009 5:37:22 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: goldstategop

In related ROP NY news:

Afghan diplomat Mohammed Fagirad charged in all-day wife beating

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2186366/posts


17 posted on 02/15/2009 5:39:16 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: omega4179; goldstategop
You are both right. Obama is dead wrong. The press is dead wrong. I wrote the column below, before this "moderate" Muslim beheaded his wife.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "Offending the Islamofascists"

The Declaration, the Constitution, parts of the Federalist, and America's Owner's Manual, here.

18 posted on 02/15/2009 5:44:11 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Latest book: www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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To: RipSawyer

Don’t remind me I work with 2 guys that really think Sarah Palin said that she can see Russia out her window, not Tina Fey.


19 posted on 02/15/2009 6:12:19 PM PST by omega4179 (1.20.13 end of an error , a big one.)
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BOOKMARK


20 posted on 02/15/2009 6:36:41 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: goldstategop

“Murders are being committed in the US every day by people of all faiths.”


They should have said liberal faiths. Murder is an act of unfaithfulness in the first place, one enshrined in prostitute Islam.


21 posted on 02/15/2009 8:35:06 PM PST by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: goldstategop

Folks, ask NOW (National Organization of Women) why NOW covers up Moslem honor killings.

Why don’t Moslem honor killings of wives/daughters in the USA get any mention on the NOW website? Perhaps we should ask these people:

pat@nowworld.org
lesbian.rights@now.org
press@now.org
fieldorg@now.org
govtrel@now.org
ljacobs@nowldef.org
jgrayson@nowldef.org
now@now.org
nowfieldla@hotmail.com
lesb.rts@now.org
chapters@now.org
chapdev@now.org
yftf@now.org
youngfeminist@now.org
aajob@now.org
acctjob@now.org
memberjob@now.org
dirmailjob@now.org
fieldjob@now.org
volunteer@now.org
gala@now.org
yourname@nowworld.org
chapfield@now.org
nomcom@now.org
preuss@now.org
alabamanow@hotmail.com
anchorage.now@gmail.com
anchoragecan@gmail.com
matsucannow@gmail.com
alaskanow@gmail.com
evnowchapter@gmail.com
communications@canow.org
actnowpresident@yahoo.com
treasurer@flnow.org
vp@flnow.org
51statenow@gmail.com
washingtondcnow@gmail.com
info@judylevynow.org
jonesboronow@yahoo.com
info@gainesvillenow.org
pres@gainesvillenow.org
paypal@gainesvillenow.org
lisa@gainesvillenow.org
mail@psnow.org
now@jaxnow.org
chapterpresident@sandiegocentralnow.org
npbcnow@aol.com
info@sfvnow.org
sara_mana_now@yahoo.com
spalmnow@yahoo.com
slonow@slonet.org
soconow@excite.com
soconow@excite.com.or
westvolusianow@yahoo.com
moscownowchapter@yahoo.com
illinoisnow@aol.com
info@dupagenow.org
qcnow@mchsi.com
so_il_now@yahoo.com
illinoisnow@juno.com
trina_w@nowwichita.org
nowbluegrass@yahoo.com
mnnow@mnnow.org
tom@nowms.org
stacey@nowms.org
christina.massnow@gmail.com
info@bostonnow.org
nebraskanow@cox.net
omahanow@cox.net
southernnevadanow@gmail.com
pres@michnow.org
info@michnow.org
nhnow@nhnow.org
grandrapidsnow@gmail.com
now-nj@nownj.org
middlesex@nownj.org
info@nownys.org
mertf_info@nownj.org
morriscountynow@hotmail.com
nnjnow@nownj.org
president@raleighnow.org
passaic@nownj.org
eastendnow@aol.com
info@rochesternow.org
contact@nownyc.org
ekadar@feminist.org
internship@feminist.org
internshipla@feminist.org
president@oregonnow.org
panow@panow.org
beavervalleynow@hotmail.com
carolynatrinow@yahoo.com
info@westchesternow.org
philadelphianow@yahoo.com
president@utahnow.org
secretary@utahnow.org
vanowpresident@hotmail.com
cvillenow@avenue.org
tidewaternow@gmail.com
wvnow@rocketmail.com
products@now.org
rochnow@aol.com
conference@now.org
cincinnatinow@yahoo.com
swrcnow@aol.com
nowcinti@aol.com
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glnow@nowworld.org
cleavage@now.org
april29press@now.org
tellus@now.org
field@now.org
jpayne@nowldef.org
political.director@now.org
comm@now.org
nnt@now.org
foundation@now.org
health@nowfoundation.org
communications@now.org
march@now.org
pacs@now.org
health@now.org
sustainer@now.org
poldir@now.org
nwregion@now.org
orregion@now.org
publications@now.org
racial.diversity@now.org
chapter.development@now.org

......I’m sure these feminists have a perfectly logical excuse for “not commenting” when Moslems chop women’s heads off (TV executive in Buffalo, NY) and when Moslems shoot their 2 daughters to death in taxis (Yaser Abdel Said, Texas).

After listening to feminists holler for decades, I’d like an explanation why violence by Moslems is OK.


22 posted on 02/15/2009 8:41:02 PM PST by Islam=Murder (The United States - surrendering to Sharia without a peep.)
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To: Islam=Murder

Islam is a fake religion, created by a perverted fraud.

It is evil incarnate.


23 posted on 02/15/2009 8:53:28 PM PST by rbmillerjr (2/6/09 The Day the Republican Party died.....Reagan's Birthday nonetheless)
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To: goldstategop

“Murders are being committed in the US every day by people of all faiths.”


... also, this piece of relativism implies admission to murder and belonging to cult of murder... all rejected and condemned by my faith and accounts.

Interesting that the socialists want me to share punishment of their guilt even while being guiltless here and tending the other cheek: so be it if it rids them of this planet.


24 posted on 02/15/2009 10:07:25 PM PST by JudgemAll (control freaks, their world & their problem with my gun and my protecting my private party)
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To: JudgemAll

“Murders are being committed in the US every day by people of all faiths.”

That is true. And blacks comprise approximately 12-13% of the population yet commit 58% of all murders in the U.S. Another statistic that the media completely ignores or subverts.

There’s a reason that even Jessie Jackson said he felt more comfortable when being followed by a white teenager than a black teenager.


25 posted on 02/16/2009 6:20:26 AM PST by Josa
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To: Josa
There’s a reason that even Jessie Jackson said he felt more comfortable when being followed by a white teenager than a black teenager.

And why Richard Pryor after visiting the brothers in jail said, "Thank God we got penitentiaries."

26 posted on 02/16/2009 6:21:21 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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