Home      |      Weblog      |      Articles      |      Satire      |      Links      |      About      |      Contact


Militant Islam Monitor > Weblog > FOX TV coerced into providing stations with 'nice Muslim' spots made by group linked to terrorism

FOX TV coerced into providing stations with 'nice Muslim' spots made by group linked to terrorism

January 15, 2005

MIM: The Council of American Islamic Relations -a Saudi funded front group for Hamas, met with FOX TV management in a bid to intimidate them into making concessions to' Muslim sensitivities' regarding the portrayal of Muslims as terrorists on the show 24. FOX officials said they would provide their stations and affiliates with CAIR ads (Islamic propagation spots) for them to air showing the kind of Muslim which CAIR would like the American public to see. According to news reports the CAIR ad campaign cost $3.7 million dollars - so any free air time they can get will help offset the cost to their Wahhabist funders. According to CAIR the ads were intended to provide Americans with " an accurate context " about Muslims . http://www.forf.org/news/2003/cairad.html

The spinmeisters at CAIR will have to whirl faster then derwishes on speed to convince anyone that their propaganda ads provide more of an "accurate context" then the terrorism charges being levelled against them in the 9/11 lawsuit and the investigations being conducted by the Senate committee, along with the jailing of 3 of it's employees for terrorism related offences :

"...A class action lawsuit in the name of John P. O'Neill, Sr., stemming from the 9/11 atrocity, has named the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a defendant..."

Three of CAIR's staff members, Ismail Royer,Ghasan Elashi,and Bassem Khafagi, have been convicted of mail fraud and terrorism charges: Another CAIR employee, Siraj Wahhaj, is an unindicted co conspirator in the 1993 WTC bombings. http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/32

"...CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper indicated in a 1993 interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he wants the United States to become a Muslim country..." http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32242

"...The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security held the second in a series of hearings aimed at examining Saudi Arabia's role in exporting Islamic extremism abroad. The hearing, titled "Two Years After 9/11: Connecting the Dots," was focused on the prevalence of the radical Wahhabi Islamic sect among Muslim political groups in the U.S. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad and Chairman Omar Ahmed were invited to testify at the hearing, but both declined to attend. In their absence and in front of their empty witness chair - the committee heard compelling evidence that Saudi Arabia financially and ideologically supports a network of American organizations that act as the defenders, financiers, and front groups of international terrorists. CAIR has been a major player in this network since its creation in 1994, with a particularly soft spot for the suicide-bombing death squads of Hamas ..."http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Printable.asp?ID=9981

http://www.ain-al-yaqeen.com/issues/20020712/feat10en.htm

"... The Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Abdullah Ibn Abdul Mohsin Al Turki, has stressed the necessity of promoting effective coordination among Islamic organisations in the United States of America. During a visit to the Headquarters of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Dr. Al Turki said: "This coordination will achieve the best results for the future of Muslims in the U.S., strengthen relations between them, and highlight the comprehensive principles of Islam." Dr. Al Turki and members of his accompanying delegation conducted a tour of different sections of the CAIR, during which its Director General, Dr. Nihad Awad, briefed them. Dr. Al Turki expressed the League's readiness to offer assistance in the promotion and coordination of Islamic works, and noted that it will establish a Commission for this purpose..."

----------------------------------------

CAIR:' Moderate Friends of Terror' celebrates 10 years of community service

http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/307

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

In the original article about Muslim protests against 24 published on Islamonline Rubert Murdoch was referred to as a "Jewish billionaire" the adjective 'Jewish' was deleted before CAIR went to talk to FOX tv executives. MIM saw this change and found a posting of the original IOL article.(see below)

It is perversely amusing to note that in the same Islamonline article which reiterates CAIR's complaints about Muslims being portrayed as terrorists as "dangerous and disturbing" FOX TV owner Rupert Murdoch is referred to as a 'Jewish billionaire' and Dr. Daniel Pipes is named as a 'Jewish writer'.

TVGrapevine Entertainment Reality TV :: View topic - 24 Stirs ...
... 24 Stirs Muslim Anger WASHINGTON, January 10 (IslamOnline.net) The Fox network
... part of Jewish billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. ...
www.tvgrapevine.com/ index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=27333 - 46k - Jan 14, 2005 - Cached - Similar pages

IOL article was posted on 'Grapevine entertainment' on Jan. 5, 2005 at 12:43 pm.

http://www.tvgrapevine.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&p=27333

-------------------------------------------

24 Stirs Muslim Anger

WASHINGTON, January 10 (IslamOnline.net) The Fox network premiered on Sunday, January 10, the first episode of the action drama "24", which in its fourth season features "Muslim terrorists" plotting attacks inside the US.

It portrays a Walkman-toting, bubble-gum-chewing Muslim teenager fighting with his conservative father about dating an American girl and talking on the phone, in a disguised effort to conceal their true "terrorist" nature.

The young man is also seen helping his parents mastermind a plot to kill as many Americans by launching an attack on a commuter train.

On the breakfast table, the father tells his young son: "What we will accomplish today will change the world. We are fortunate that our family has been chosen to do this."

"Yes, father," the son replies.

The US secretary of state is also seen taken hostage by the "Muslim terrorists."

The drama climaxes with the defense secretary shown on an Internet video tape like those coming out of US-occupied Iraq.

The series, which earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding drama in each of its first three seasons, is named 24 because the action on the show occurs in "real-time."

Each season covers the events of one day in the life of agent Jack Bauer and his colleagues at the Counter Terrorist Unit in Los Angeles.

Every episode in a season covers the events of one hour in that day (hence 24 episodes per season).
The drama is produced by the Fox Broadcasting Company, a television network owned by Fox Entertainment Group, part of Jewish billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

News Corporation is one of the world's largest and most influential media corporations whose production of motion pictures and television programming are broadcast in 35 television networks in the US.

Murdoch is generally regarded as the most politically influential media proprietor in the world, and is regularly courted by politicians in the United States, Britain and Australia, according to the Wikipedia encyclopedia.


Muslim Anger

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) had on December 30, hit out at the new drama.

"The way the episode depicts Muslims creates an atmosphere in which many
Americans look at all Muslims as suspects in the war on terror. It's very dangerous and very disturbing," said CAIR spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed.

"They are taking everyday American Muslim families and making them suspects;
they're making it seem like families are co-conspirators in this terrorist
plot," she added.

A recent nation-wide poll, conducted by the Cornell University, showed that at least 44 percent of the Americans backs curbing Muslims' civil rights and monitoring their places of worship.

A May 2004 report released by the US Senate Office Of Research concluded that Arab Americans and the Muslim community in the US have taken the brunt of the Patriot Act and other federal powers applied in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Welcome

The drama was, however, hailed by Jewish groups and lobbyists as a bid to reveal Muslims' "true nature."

Jewish writer Daniel Pipes wrote in the Israeli Jerusalem Post and the American New York Post hoping Fox would not bow to Muslim objections on the series.

Bypassing the Senate, US President George Bush appointed in 2003 Pipes to the board of the US Institute of Peace, a government-funded think-tank which concentrates on foreign policy.

As a frequent commentator, Pipes has warned that America's Muslims were the enemy within and called for unrestricted racial profiling and monitoring of Muslims in the military, wrote the Guardian.

He claimed Muslim American government employees in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps "need to be watched for connections to terrorism."

Pipes also alleged that "mosques require a scrutiny beyond that applied to churches and temples."

-------------------------

MIM: Here is a link to the revised article on IOL in which the adjective "Jewish" was removed in reference to FOX's owner Rupert Murdoch.


Islam Online- News Section
... WASHINGTON, January 10 (IslamOnline.net) The Fox network premiered on Sunday,
January 10, ... part of billionaire Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. ...
www.islam-online.net/English/ News/2005-01/10/article02.shtml - 55k - Cached - Similar pages

----------------------------------------------------------

MIM is urging people to contact FOX TV and protest against any concessions being made to the radical Islamist group CAIR which is a Saudi funded front group for Hamas pretending to be a Muslim civil rights organisation.

FOX Broadcasting viewer comment line :

tel. 310 -369 3066

------------------------------

FOX TV contact information:

10201 West Pico Blvd.

Rm 30 Los Angeles, California 90035

Tel. 310- 369 1000

Fax 310- 359 8726

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Dr.Daniel Pipes, who had written an article commending FOX for the decision to air 24 has this to say about FOX's deferring to CAIR's demands:

http://www.danielpipes.org/

Fox Broadcasting Semi-Caves to CAIR The Fox Broadcasting Company's new season of the action drama, 24, tells about an Islamist gang engaged in major terrorism in the United States. One component of the enemy infrastructure is a middle-class Muslim family that moved from Iran four years earlier and is living as sleepers, preparing for the fateful day of violence. The Council on American-Islamic Relations protested this representation and I, in an article titled "Hollywood Discovers Radical Islam," lauded Fox for its courage to show the threat as it is, concluding with a wish: "hooray for Fox for portraying reality; and may it not cave to the Islamists."

Yesterday we learned that Fox has semi-caved. Yes, the program will go on as planned and apparently unchanged, but as recompense for the sin of pointing to Islamist enemies, Fox will, in Reuters' delicate phrasing, "provide its stations with TV spots that portray Muslims in a favourable way."

These spots are, in fact, none other than CAIR's self-serving public service announcements. (For another such CAIR ad, a print one, see "CAIR Promotes and Hosts William W. Baker, Neo-Nazi.") The Associated Press provides some details on them:

The PSAs were produced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, with whom Fox representatives met Wednesday. The 30- and 60-second spots showcase a diverse group of individuals, who in turn share personal descriptions and identify themselves as American Muslims. Each PSA ends with the statement: "Muslims are part of the fabric of this great country and are working to build a better America." They were introduced by CAIR last summer as part of a nationwide public awareness campaign.

Fortunately, these public service announcements will not be aired nationally by Fox, nor are affiliate stations required to show them; the network is merely making spots available to local television stations without comment, and they then decide whether or not to use these.

Not content with this semi-cave, CAIR has spun the Fox concession to make it appear as greater than it was: WorldNetDaily.com's Art Moore exposes the "exaggerations" in its press release concerning changes in the storyline and showing the PSAs in proximity to 24. Fox spokesman Scott Grogin refused to comment on the former and explicitly denied the latter.

It will be interesting to see how many local affiliates actually do show the CAIR propaganda. I suspect few actually will, in which case the damage done is limited. The real problem is not the spots airing but Fox Broadcasting having recognized CAIR as a legitimate representative of American Muslims making it yet another in a long list of important national institutions that have repeated this same mistake. (January 14, 2005) Permalink

-----------------------------------------------------------

For more on CAIR see:

CAIR - Moderate Friends of Terror and numerous articles :

http://www.danielpipes.org/article/394

--------------------------------------------------------

http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5466248

http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/004565.php

Fox accused of stereotyping U.S. Muslims

New York:

The Fox television network has said it will provide its stations with TV spots that portray Muslims in a favourable way after it received complaints for featuring followers of Islam as terrorists on its hit
television show "24."

On Monday, Fox premiered the fourth season of "24." The drama featured an upper-middle class Muslim family
operating as a sleeper terrorist cell. The Muslim mother poisons her son's non-Muslim girlfriend because it was
feared the girl could jeopardize the terrorists' plan.

A Fox spokesman said it would provide public service announcements sponsored by the Council on
American-Islamic Relations to its affiliate stations. Local television executives can decide if and when to use the
spots.

The move was in response to the Islamic council's complaints about the show.

"What we are hoping to do is to try and mitigate the damages of the stereotypes because it can bring real-life
consequences on American Muslims and their lives here," said Rabiah Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Islamic group.

Citing a public opinion survey conducted by Cornell University last year, Ahmed said television influences viewers'
perceptions of Muslims.

"There aren't any positive or even neutral portrayals of Muslims on TV; whenever Muslims or Arabs are portrayed it
is always in a stereotypical way," she said.

------------------------------------------------------------------------

See : Council of Anti American Islamic Radicals demands Fox replace 24 with the Islamic 1924

http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/373
----------------------------------------------------------

MIM: William Mayer the editor of Pipeline News had this to say about the CAIR shakedown of FOX TV.

http://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=pipenews1.11405%2Ehtm

Out Foxed

San Franciso, CA - PipeLineNews -Breaking....According to a press release by CAIR [The Council on American-Islamic Relations] the radical Islamist - pro jihaddist - organization today claimed "that it is encouraged by a recent meeting in Los Angeles with representatives of the Fox television network to discuss Muslim concerns about the drama series "24."

CAIR demanded the meeting to address what they characterize as an unfair "depiction of a Muslim family that is at the heart of a terror plot in the popular program." The group's spokesman went on to claim that the "group is concerned that the portrayal of the family as a terrorist "sleeper cell" may cast a shadow of suspicion over ordinary American Muslims and could increase Islamophobic stereotyping and bias."

Our response to this is simple.

What the hell is going on over at the fair and balanced network, has that despicable clown Ibrahim Hooper crazed mouthpiece for the even more despicable CAIR - been put in charge there?

I mean really, what the hell gives?

Like it's really a stretch to imagine a family of Muslims plotting campaigns of terror and violence?

It's no secret that Hamas apologist CAIR and the majority of other so-called Muslim civil rights groups are mere Saudi funded fronts for the Islamists, and the fact that Fox would kow-tow to them is simply unbelievable.

For a very brief re-hash of where CAIR and their ilk stands, the following was sped our way courtesy of Beila Rabinowitz, our Director of Wahabi watch, with much thanks to Dr. Daniel Pipes, Chair US Peace Institute:

CAIR Named as a Defendant in 9/11 Terror Lawsuit A class action lawsuit in the name of John P. O'Neill, Sr., stemming from the 9/11 atrocity, has named the Council on American-Islamic Relations as a defendant. (For those confused about the multiple 9/11 court cases, there is help on the way at http://www.september11terrorlitigation.com/.) Here are the paragraphs of Estate of John P. O'Neill, Sr. et al. vs. Al Baraka Investment and Development Corporation dealing with CAIR's role in the events of September 11, 2001, from the second amended class action complaint, filed today:

86. Council on American Islamic Relations and CAIR Canada (collectively, CAIR), have aided, abetted, and materially sponsored and al Qaeda and international terrorism. CAIR is an outgrowth of the Hamas front group the Islamic Association of Palestine. The FBI's former associate director in charge of Investigative and Counter-Intelligence Operations described the Islamic Association of Palestine as an organization that has directly supported Hamas military goals and is a front organization for Hamas that engages in propaganda for Islamic militants. It has produced videotapes that are very hate-filled, full of vehement propaganda. It is an organization that has supported direct confrontation.

87. CAIR and CAIR-Canada have, since their inception, been part of the criminal conspiracy of radical Islamic terrorism. These organizations play a unique role in the terrorist network. They emanate from the notorious HAMAS terrorist organization and like so many of the terrorism facilitating charities named and indicted by the United States government they are engaged in fund raising under the guise of assisting humanitarian causes they are, in reality, a key player in international terrorism. The unique role played by CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to manipulate the legal systems of the United States and Canada in a manner that allows them to silence critics, analysts, commentators, media organizations, and government officials by leveling false charges of discrimination, libel, slander and defamation. In addition, both organizations have actively sought to hamper governmental anti-terrorism efforts by direct propaganda activities aimed at police, first-responders, and intelligence agencies through so-called sensitivity training. Their goal is to create as much self-doubt, hesitation, fear of name-calling, and litigation within police departments and intelligence agencies as possible so as to render such authorities ineffective in pursuing international and domestic terrorist entities.

88. The role of CAIR and CAIR-Canada is to wage PSYOPS (psychological warfare) and disinformation activities on behalf of Whabbi-based [Wahhabi-based, DP] Islamic terrorists throughout North America. They are the intellectual "shock troops" of Islamic terrorism. In the years and months leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 these organizations were very effective in helping to ensure that North American law enforcement and intelligence officials were sufficiently deaf, dumb, and blind to help pave the way for the attacks on the United States. The role played by these entities is an absolutely essential part of the mix of forces arrayed against the United States as they help soften-up targeted countries so as to facilitate and enhance the likelihood for a successful attack.

This story is percolating mightily - stay tuned.

-----------------------------------

MIM: The readers at Robert Spencer's site Jihad Watch also weighed in with comments about Dr. Pipes article about FOX's decision to air : "24" which he ended with the words :

" So hooray for FOX portraying reality; May it not cave in to Islamists."

http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/004565.php

----------------------------------------------

Hollywood Discovers Radical Islam

by Daniel Pipes
FrontPageMagazine.com
January 6, 2005

http://www.danielpipes.org/article/2332

The war on terror has not been the subject of a single American feature film nor, so far as I know, is there one in the works. But television is proving a bit braver and things should get interesting on Sunday, Jan. 9, when Fox begins a new season of its action show, called 24.

Why the absence of movies on the current war? Jack Valenti, then-head of the Motion Picture Association of America, once replied with questions of his own:

Who would you have as the enemy if you made a picture about terrorism? You'd probably have Muslims, would you not? If you did, I think there would be backlash from the decent, hard-working, law-abiding Muslim community in this country.

That's what some call a pre-emptive cringe. Others call it dhimmitude.

In any case, the most recent big-budget movie to deal with terrorism was 2002's Sum of All Fears ("27,000 Nuclear Weapons. One Is Missing"), based on a Tom Clancy novel of the same name. The novel had Arab terrorists setting off a nuclear device at football's Super Bowl but the movie, under pressure from Islamist organizations, features neo-Nazi terrorists. ("I hope you will be reassured," Director Phil Alden Robinson wrote in early 2001 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, "that I have no intention of promoting negative images of Muslims or Arabs, and I wish you the best in your continuing efforts to combat discrimination.")

In an review of recent movies, Jonathan V. Last finds that, "If anything, the PC pressure has been upped since the war on terror began." The first break in the silence came in mid-2004, when The Grid, a TNT mini-series, took on radical Islam. Last termed it "the bravest, most-daring piece of entertainment in years," precisely because Tracey Alexander and Brian Eastman, its executive producers, did not whitewash all forms of Islam.

An excerpt from The Grid's second episode, concerning a Lebanese national named Fuqara, arrested as he tries to flee the United States after trying to murder an FBI agent, gives its flavor. Fuqara is interrogated by Agent Canary while his attorney tries to stop the proceedings:

Agent Canary: Mr. Fuqara, who ordered you to commit the assassination?

Fuqara: (Mutters in Arabic.)

Fuqara's Attorney (to Agent Canary): Can we have a moment outside? (The two exit the room.) Don't you dare threaten him with a rend writ.

Agent Canary: He has information about planned attacks here that could threaten thousands of American lives.

Fuqara's Attorney: And that gives you the right to summarily dismiss Mr. Fuqara's rights? Hey, why stop there? Deport all the Muslims in America to win your war!

Agent Canary: I might suggest some rights stop at mass murder.

Fuqara's Attorney: They don't. And until there is an amendment to the constitution to that effect, I will protect Mr. Fuqara's rights.

A second break will come in a few days, when the Fox Channel's 24 shows four episodes depicting a Muslim family as coming to the United States solely to implement attacks against Americans. To do so, they masquerade as just folk. Here is how Jim Finkle of Broadcasting & Cable describes them: "One of the villains is a Walkman-toting, bubble-gum-chewing teenager who fights with his conservative Dad about dating an American girl and talking on the phone."

But this is a disguise.

The young man also helps his parents mastermind a plot to kill large numbers of Americans that begins with an attack on a train. Over the breakfast table, the father tells his son: "What we will accomplish today will change the world. We are fortunate that that our family has been chosen to do this." "Yes, father," his son replies.

The terrorists manage to take the secretary of defense as a hostage; and the movie climaxes with the secretary shown on a gruesome Internet video like those coming out of Iraq, then tried for "war crimes against humanity."

Predictably, 24 has the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country's lead Islamist outfit, in a tizzy. CAIR spokeswoman Rabiah Ahmed complains that "They are taking everyday American Muslim families and making them suspects. They're making it seem like families are co-conspirators in this terrorist plot."

Melanie McFarland, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's television critic, has no patience for such whining: "this is 24, OK? Anyone who watches it knows the show borrows aspects of real nightmares to drive its plots, paying little attention to political correctness."

But there is another reason to stick with the plot as it is. Nearly every terrorist suspect in the West is said to be a regular guy or a wonderful gal, as I have previously shown. The adjectives applied to Sajid Mohammed Badat, a Briton, are typical: "a walking angel," "the bright star of our mosque," "a friendly, warm, fun-loving character," "a friendly, sociable, normal young lad, who had lots of friends and did not hold extreme views in any way." Despite those raves, he has been indicted for helping shoe-bomber Richard C Reid attempt to blow up an airliner and will face trial on conspiracy charges (he was found with parts for more shoe bombs like those Reid used).

Just last week, the Seattle Times reported on a Saudi now being deported from the United States:

To his co-workers at the University of Washington School of Nursing, Majid al-Massari was a happy guy who bounced down the halls and seemed like a "big teddy bear." What his friends didn't know about the burly, bearded 34-year-old computer-security specialist was that he had helped set up a Web site for a group linked to al-Qaida, quoted Osama bin Laden in his own Internet postings, lashed out against American policies on his father's London-based radio show and had landed in the sights of U.S. terrorism investigators.

This sort of surprise happens with such consistency that I am tempted to generalize: On arrest, every single Islamist in the West is initially hailed as a delightful person, and never as a hate-filled brooding loner.

So, hooray for Fox for portraying reality; and may it not cave to the Islamists.

--------------------------

MIM: Dr. Pipe's has since added to his blog and chronicled what he calls Fox's 3/4 cave to CAIR- by having Kiefer Sutherland, the actor who plays agent Jack Bauer deliver a scripted disclaimer about Muslims and terrorism.

---------------------------------

The January 15th Islamonline article below in which CAIR claims Fox agreed to cut scenes from "24" has been disputed by various sources, and is most likely another case of the Islamonline's editorial board's proclivity to report 'wishful thinking' as fact.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1322728/posts

Fox Cuts Out Anti-Muslim Scenes from "24"

"We thank Fox for the opportunity to address the Muslim community's concerns," a CAIR spokeswoman said.

WASHINGTON, January 16 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) The Fox television network has decided to remove some stereotypical aspects about American Muslims from its action drama "24" thanks to immediate action from community leaders.

"We thank Fox for the opportunity to address the Muslim community's concerns and for the willingness of network officials to take those concerns seriously in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation," Rabiah Ahmed, Communications Coordinator of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said in a press release e-mailed to IslamOnline.net Saturday, January 15.

Following a January 12 meeting with representatives from CAIR, the largest US Muslim civil liberties advocacy group in the country, Fox officials promised that the popular series will be balanced in its portrayal of Muslims.

"There aren't any positive or even neutral portrayals of Muslims on TV," the BBC quoting Ms Ahmed as regretting.

"When Muslims or Arabs are portrayed, it is always in a stereotypical way."

Premiered on January 10, the drama portrays a Muslim family as a terrorist "sleeper cell," who are plotting attacks inside the US.

A young man is seen helping his parents mastermind a plot to kill as many Americans by launching an attack on a commuter train.

The drama showed the mother poisoning her son's non-Muslim girlfriend because she poses a threat to their plans.

The US secretary of state is also seen taken hostage by the "Muslim terrorists."

It climaxes with the defense secretary shown on an Internet video tape like those coming out of US-occupied Iraq.

Pro-Muslims Ad

Fox further decided to distribute a CAIR public service announcement (PSA) to network affiliates to be aired in proximity to "24."

CAIR's 30 and 60-second PSA feature American Muslims of European, African-American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage.

Each person in the spots states how he/she and his/her family have served America and ends by saying, "I am an American Muslim."

"What we are hoping to do is to try and mitigate the damages of the stereotypes because it can bring real-life consequences on American Muslims and their lives here," Ms Ahmed said.

"When average Americans don't have any personal interaction with Muslims, whether it be at work or at school, they base their perception of Islam and Muslims from what they see on TV."

CAIR urged State Department officials in a meeting on January 13 to issue a report on Islamophobia across the world.

CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad presented in the meeting -- attended by Assistant Secretary Patricia de Stacy Harrison, Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher and Ambassador William Burns -- a proposal for cooperative efforts to challenge both Islamophobia and anti-Americanism.

A recent nation-wide poll, conducted by the Cornell University, showed that at least 44 percent of the Americans backs curbing Muslims' civil rights and monitoring their places of worship.

A May 2004 report released by the US Senate Office Of Research concluded that Arab Americans and the Muslim community in the US have taken the brunt of the Patriot Act and other federal powers applied in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

---------------------------------------------

See : Jihad on Fox's '24

http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=16955

Printer-friendly version   Email this item to a friend