Friday, November 24, 2006

Why is Tampa's Fox 13 Marching for CAIR?

The above is just one example of local Tampa Bay Area Channel 13, now the local Fox affiliate, showing extreme bias against anyone willing to attack Islamic beliefs, in this case Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite. This is the piece of MSM trash that will be analyzed bit by bit tonight. This outrageous bit of local journalism also shows the limitless extremes that the station will go to, particularly reporter Craig Patrick, to smear people like Ms. Brown-Waite, even using the absurd tactic of inserting clips of a KKK rally and a historical Nazi clip into the piece.

Patrick also seems to, along with his colleagues, Anchors John Wilson and Kathy Fountain, need little prompting to praise and feature CAIR-Florida's Ahmed Bedier. These individuals and the news team at Fox 13 are obviously either suffering from an overdose of political correctness, or are getting something out of their obvious brown-nosing to the local Muslim community. There is simply no reason for a news station anywhere to give airtime to some of the absurd claims that Mr. Bedier has tried to champion, and which he has conveniently uploaded to YouTube for the world to see.

Most would ignore some of these issues, and certainly wouldn't feature Mr. Bedier in so many interviews. Yet other local affiliates also feature Bedier, such as Channels 8 and 9, Channel 9 even featuring Bedier for their segment "On the Soapbox". However, of Bedier's 78 uploaded videos on YouTube, (no joke) 13 are from appearances on Fox 13, most with the same on-air "talent" appearing, usually not to do any hardball type of interview, but rather to offer segways for his manipulative statements.

I offer this not as a conclusive statement, but simply as an opportunity for Channel 13 to prove me wrong, and for CAIR to publicly state that they have made no contributions to media outlets in this country. This information can be obtained with an investigation, which I hope this all comes to, but for now I think the evidence as shown in the video above proves either bias based on the views of the staff of Fox 13, which is appalling as the report clearly smears a member of Congress in a rather dangerous way, or that there must be something going on under the table. I do not think that CAIR is above such a move, though I have no evidence in this case. Who knows, perhaps the news team and Bedier are just great golfing friends. There is something amiss here though, and if you cannot see it then you are either blind, deaf and dumb, or a subscriber to CAIR's newsletter.

First, this clip, point by point.....

Read it all at WWCMD?

I felt like captioning this one finally; CAIR's Parvez Ahmed, Omar Ahmad and Dougie "Ibrahim" Hooper in stunning new roles. OK, the pic is old, but I used one of my only Photoshop talents today and added some type to it, and it was about time.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

TIME Magazine's Fun New Coveer Story (excerpts from a dissection and rant)
OK, I really got on a roll dissecting this TIME Magazine article, and certainly hope that I don't get anymore copies for free. Great cannon fodder, not good for the nerves particularly. But this "history" timeline was too good not to share and rant for a while on:

"The topic is extraordinarily fraught. There are, after all, a billion or so nonviolent Muslims on the globe, the Roman Catholic Church's own record in the religious-mayhem department is hardly pristine, and even the most naive of observers understands that the Vicar of Christ might harbor an institutional prejudice against one of Christianity's main global competitors."

That's right, it is all about that "nonviolent" percentage. Yeah, I keep picturing two bomb laden guys in Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder with only Obi-Wan's Jedi mind trick able to trick anyone into thinking "These are not the terrorists you are looking for, these are PEACEFUL MUSLIMS. We can go about our business". Just think, the media don't even have Jedi powers and they've been able to get people to parrot that garbage for five years while security officers search the underwear of old white ladies from rural Tennessee at airports. Please. And never forget to throw in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, which when discussing events as early as the Crusades, was actually the ancestral Church of all of our forbears if we are of Christian European heritage, whatever our beliefs now. Yes, unless one is adressing certain Orthodox Churches and sects, such as some that the Pope is in fact going to Turkey to visit, then discussing the Roman Catholic Church as just one piece of the larger picture is not accurate. And I seriously doubt that the Vatican or any other Christian lay or professional emissaries regard Islam as merely "one of Christianity's main global competitors".


The timeline in question is simply pathetic. It is biased, it is poorly worded (to show perhaps the bias?), it skips several centuries, and is careful in its treatment of the beginning of Islam. This bothers me, all of it. The other thing that bothers me is that if you are going to write a "History of Interaction", you should add more than a handful of questionable views of historical fact. Maybe this is why I could not find this in the online version, only the print copy. Therefore, let me reproduce it for you here:


589-632 Koran revealed to Muhammad; it shares stories with Judeo-Christian texts

711-718 Arabs conquer Spain, which becomes center of commerce and culture

1096-1291 Christian Europe launches the Crusades against Islam

1453 Ottoman Turks take Constantinople, capital of Orthodox Christianity

1492 King Ferdinand drives the Moors from Spain and next expels the Jews

1683 The Ottoman siege of Vienna fails, marking the end of its Islamic expansion

1965 The Vatican issues Nostra Aetate, which calls for interfaith discussion

2001 Pope John Paul II is first Pontiff to visit a mosque, in Damascus, Syria

Sept. 2006 Pope Benedict XVI links Islam to violence, igniting debate and protest

And that's it. That's the history of interaction. Never mind that it is merely belief that the Koran was "revealed" to Muhammad, a distinction usually not afforded to Christians or Jews, but instead given the common journalistic disclaimer "What Jews/Christians believe to be an event in their Faith in which.....". Note the conquest of Spain, simply put, but pleasantly wrapped up by the odd mention of the myth that it became a "center of commerce and culture" that somehow implies peace for the conquered. Then, oh heavens to Betsy, Christian Europe launches those darned Crusades! Why not mention the "interaction" that led to the call for the Crusades in the first place? Wouldn't want to anger guest writer Tariq Ramadan I suppose....
After some time of "European Christians" doing their Crusading against apparently placid Muslims, they somehow take Constantinople. No mention of how Turks come into Islam, nor of any Muslim activities that may have "ignited debate and protest" on the part of any non-Muslims. Skip to La Reqonquista, which was not glorious but involved "driving out", as of so much cattle. And note that the rotten Christian King also "next expels the Jews". Can't let that one slip, unlike the wholesale slaughter of the Jews of Granada in 1066. Am I being nit-picky? Pardon me, TIME. Skip quite a bit again to 1683, never mention the details of the Siege of Vienna, leave readers wondering just how anyone in Europe could have been hostile to the Ottomans while they've had a major city under siege and their failure brings "Islamic expansion to an end".

Please read the rest.