As if every reporter who fawns over CAIR weren’t enough. As if every mudslinging coward like Ralph Peters weren’t enough. As if every preening TV blowhard on the Left and the Right weren’t enough. As if the Hizballah News Agency itself, aka Reuters, weren’t enough. As if a generally cowed and submissive and frequently complicit media establishment weren’t enough.
And of course it isn’t enough, because Americans have eyes. They can see Islamic terrorists committing violence every day, and justifying their violence by reference to Islamic texts. They can see Western Muslim leaders do nothing in response but obfuscate and try to obstruct anti-terror efforts. If the “Muslim tycoons” really want to improve Islam’s image, let them arrange an end to all jihad violence immediately. And voila, Islam’s image will improve.
From, yes, Reuters, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
RIYADH (Reuters) – Muslim tycoons should buy stakes in global media outlets to help change anti-Muslim attitudes around the world, ministers from Islamic countries heard at a conference in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
Information ministers and officials meeting under the auspices of the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the world’s largest Islamic body, said Islam faced vilification after the September 11 attacks, when 19 Arabs killed nearly 3,000 people in U.S. cities in 2001.
“Muslim investors must invest in the large media institutions of the world, which generally make considerable profits, so that they have the ability to affect their policies via their administrative boards,” OIC chief Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told the gathering in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
“This would benefit in terms of correcting the image of Islam worldwide,” he said, calling on Muslim countries to set up more channels in widely-spoken foreign languages.
Muslim stakes in Western media are minimal. Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns 5.46 percent of media conglomerate News Corp., the Rupert Murdoch-run group behind the Fox News Channel. The U.S. channel is generally seen as right-wing and no friend of Arab or Muslim interests.