Kristof gets it right, as usual

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Kristof gets it right, as usual
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Sun, 09-12-2010 - 5:49pm

I was going to put this in the "I am done" thread as a reply to Jacie's post but since that thread is about being fed up with the media, I thought I'd better start a new thread ;)



http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/opinion/12kristof.html?src=me&ref=general



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Sun, 09-12-2010 - 8:42pm

My suspicions with the media became stronger,

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 1:45am

I agree with the article.

Interesting quote (now THAT sounds like a threat)

«« Newsweek quoted a Taliban operative, Zabihullah, about opposition to the mosque near ground zero: “By preventing this mosque from being built, America is doing us a big favor. It’s providing us with more recruits, donations and popular support.” Mr. Zabihullah added, “The more mosques you stop, the more jihadis we will get.««

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 1:59am

I remember, right after the Oklahoma Ciry bombing (until it was proven otherwise...and even afterwards) the same thing was being said. I even remember one instance where they firebombed an indian man`s house (he wasn`t even muslim).

http://www.religioustolerance.org/reac_ter1.htm

Looking back to the Oklahoma City bombing, 1995-APR-19:

Many people believe in the concept of collective responsibility: that all persons of a particular group -- whether they be of a particular gender, age, nationality, religion, sexual orientation etc. -- are responsible for any evil deed perpetrated by one individual in the group. Thus when incorrect rumors circulated that Muslims had bombed the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, OK, some people searched for Muslims that they could assault, or for mosques that they could attack. Any Muslim or any mosque was acceptable to satisfy their rage.

Shortly after the bombing, TV and radio newscasters speculated that the terrorist act had the markings of a Middle Eastern perpetrator:
- Washington-based journalist Steven Emerson allegedly said on a national news program that the bombing "...was done with the intent of inflicting as many casualties as possible. That is a Middle Eastern trait."
- One day after the bombing, Bob Grant of the Bob Grant Show responded to a caller who suggested that there was no evidence that the terrorists were Muslim. Grant allegedly commented "...in the Oklahoma case...the indications are that those people who did it were some Muslim terrorists. But a skunk like you. ...What I'd like to do is put you up against the wall with the rest of them, and mow you down along with them. Execute you with them. Because you obviously have a great hatred for America, otherwise you wouldn't talk the way you talk, you imbecile."
- In their coverage of the bombing, the New York Times commented: "Some Middle Eastern groups have held meetings there (Oklahoma), and the city is home to at least three mosques." Mere presence of a conference or mosque in the city was deemed to be suggestive of an involvement in a mass murder.
- Even after McVeigh was arrested and the government identified two white males as perpetrators, CNN correspondent Wolf Blitzer insisted that "there is still a possibility that there could have been some sort of connection to Middle East terrorism. One law enforcement source tells me that there's a possibility that they (the Caucasian suspects) may have been contracted out as freelancers to go out and rent this truck that was used in the bombing."

A lot of people seemed to agree with this media speculation. Within two days after the Oklahoma City bombing, there were hundreds of recorded instances of harassment and hate crimes against Muslims, Arabs, Iraqis, people who appeared to be Muslims, and Muslim organizations and buildings. Two days after the explosion, Timothy McVeigh was arrested. But the anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, and anti- Iraqi attacks continued for weeks. 2 One Muslim woman miscarried after an attack. Local Muslims later asked to participate in a mass memorial service led by the Governor. They were refused. However, Muslim delegations from other areas of the country were allowed to attend. The service was entirely Judeo-Christian in format.

What involvement did Muslims and their organizations have in the Oklahoma City bombing? Lots:
- "...within hours of the explosion, dozens of Muslim organizations around the country issued statements condemning the bombing in the strongest terms possible." 2
- The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a nation-wide Muslim group, held a blood drive, and donated $7,500 to disaster relief organizations.
- Fifty Holy Land Foundation volunteers flew to Oklahoma City to assist local charities.
- Muslims met with the governor and presented him with checks totaling $21,000 for the Victims Relief Fund.

There was minimal coverage in the media of these positive acts.

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 2:53pm

Which post was this in response to?

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Mon, 09-13-2010 - 3:10pm

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Yes...things seem to be going downhill, that's for sure.

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:05am

Sorry, I ought to have been more clear :)

 

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 9:22am
9/11 was ugly. I would hope that coverage would serve as a reminder for that.

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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 10:06am
Yes,
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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 10:17am

LOL! Okay. I can see you don't watch Fox News! Perhaps if you did you might be part of the solution instead of contributing to the misinformation--or maybe it's just a Kool Aid overdose. I can see that happening with it being so hot and all.

Check out the favorite beer thread below! It'll help.

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