Two American universities teach journalists how to be even more obsequious and fawning towards Islam and Muslims

These courses are predicated on the assumption that Muslims and Islam are getting negative press coverage. That is, of course, howlingly absurd. After every jihad plot and jihad attack, journalists fill their publications with stories about pious, wise Muslims fearing a “backlash” — that never comes. As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approached, the mainstream media was full of stories about how wise, pious Muslims were bearing up after a decade of discrimination and harassment — despite the fact that hate crimes against Muslims are much rarer than hate crimes against Jews and others. News reports about Islamic jihad activity routinely characterize the perpetrators as “militants” or “insurgents,” or if they’re lone-wolf jihadis, as suffering from emotional or psychological problems — never as what they are, Islamic jihadis. Ibrahim Hooper, old “Honest Ibe” himself, and others from Hamas-linked CAIR are routinely quoted in news stories as if they’re representatives of a neutral civil rights organization, while those who are trying to stem the advance of Sharia and Islamization in the West are just as routinely demonized in the press, hung with negative labels or undercut in their statements in a way that Hooper or Faisal Abdul Rauf or any of the others would never believe even possible.

And yet after all this, we’re told that Americans still have a negative view of Islam? That isn’t because of biased media coverage. That’s because of Naser Abdo, the would-be second Fort Hood jihad mass murderer; and Khalid Aldawsari, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Lubbock, Texas; and Muhammad Hussain, the would-be jihad bomber in Baltimore; and Mohamed Mohamud, the would-be jihad bomber in Portland; and Nidal Hasan, the successful Fort Hood jihad mass-murderer; and Faisal Shahzad, the would-be Times Square jihad mass-murderer; and Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, the Arkansas military recruiting station jihad murderer; and Naveed Haq, the jihad mass murderer at the Jewish Community Center in Seattle; and Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, the would-be jihad mass murderer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the would-be Christmas airplane jihad bomber; and so many other Islamic jihad murderers and would-be murderers in America.

No number of seminars, no blizzard of fawning press coverage, is going to erase the impression those men and others like them have made upon non-Muslims in America. But I am sure academics and journalists will keep trying.

“USA/Islam-Press: US Journalists Taught How to Cover Islam,” from IINA, September 18:

WASHINGTON, 20 Shawwal/18 Sept (IINA)- In a bid to run correct news reporting about Muslims, two American universities have launched a project to teach journalists how to tackle Islam-related issues.

“In our increasingly polarized media landscape, having the facts about any topic is vital to good journalism,” said Howard Finberg, director of interactive learning at the Poynter Institute, reported Ahlul Bayt News Agency.

“And this is especially important when covering topics such as religion.”

Titled “Covering Islam in America”, the project was co-launched earlier this week by Washington State University and the Poynter Institute’s News University.

The course is designed to prepare reporters to run accurate information when reporting about Muslims and Islam-related issues.

“We have no ax to grind, other than a desire to see accurate, balanced reporting of this topic, which has such broad impact on American society today,” said Lawrence Pintak, a former CBS News Middle East correspondent who developed the project.

The course covers a wide range of topics on Islam ranging from the Islamic teachings and the history of Muslim immigration to the role of women in Islam and the relationship between Islam and Christianity.

“Our e-learning module on NewsU is an effective and accessible way for journalists to get the training they need to cover Islam and Muslims in America,” Finberg said.

In addition to the online course, a version with more readings and analysis called “Islam on Main Street” is offered through WSU”s Center for Distance Education.

Sections about the diversity of religious expression, women and Islam, and Islam and the black community are also planned.

Though it is mainly initiated for journalists, bloggers and students, the course is also useful to educators, government officials and anyone involved in the conversation about Islam in America.

Reporters will be instructed by top-notch journalists and academicians, who have a long experience in reporting about Islam and Muslims.

“We turned to the scholars who know this subject inside out and helped them present their knowledge in a way accessible to general assignment reporters on deadline,” Pintak, said.

In addition to Pintak, instructors also include Stephen Franklin, a former Chicago Tribune Middle East correspondent, who spent years covering the Muslim world.

Pintak said the online course offers the kind of education about the Muslim community that he wished he had received before he was assigned by CBS to Beirut 30 years ago.

“I had been reporting on wars in Africa, so I knew how to dodge bullets. Of Islam, the dominant religion in the region, I knew essentially nothing,” Pintak said.

Hostile sentiments against US Muslims, estimated between six to eight million, have been on the rise since the 9/11 attacks.

A US survey has revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith….

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the US largest Jewish movement, had also accused US media and politicians of demonizing Islam and portraying Muslims as “satanic figures”,

A recent British study accused the media and film industry of perpetuating Islamophobia and prejudice by demonizing Muslims and Arabs as violent, dangerous and threatening people.

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  1. says

    Islam on Main Street indeed!

    Harrumph! – islam does not BELONG on Main Street – not Main Street, Canada, not Main Street, U.S.A., not main Street, United Kingdom nor Australia, not anywhere free people want to live.

  2. says

    It’s unbelievable…obsequiousness apparently isn’t sufficient. A narrative – a myth – must be created to silence ANY and ALL criticism of Islam. And so, the persecutors are the persecuted, up is down, left is right, bad is good….and Islam is peace.

  3. says

    Dhimmi journalists’ checklist:
    You may be developing dhimmitude if…

    – You believe anything that they tell you.
    Jihadists will deceive and tell lies to non-Muslims if it serves the purposes of Islam.

    – You believe that Islam is a religion.
    Islam is a vicious international organized crime syndicate like the Mafia, disguised in religious garb. Real religions bring out the best in people, Islam does the opposite.

    – You believe there is such a thing as moderate Islam.
    Mohammed said ‘I have been made victorious with terror’, and Mohammed is the ‘Perfect Man’ and role model for all Jihadists.

    – You believe it is possible to reason with Jihadists.
    Islam is pre-rational and tribal and rejects rationalism in favor of the lying Koran.

    – You think that criticism of Islam and jihadists is ‘racism’.
    Islam is not a race, though Jihadists will play the race card whenever their loathsome, perverted ideology is criticised.

    – You believe Islam can be reformed.
    The Koran is the final word of Allah and cannot be changed. The commands to rape, loot and murder non-Muslims are as valid now as the day they were written

    – You think that they don’t want to conquer and subjugate us.
    Islam is a power-crazed cult that wants to dominate the entire world. If it didn’t want to dominate the rest of us it would no longer be Islam.

    – You think that some Shariah is a good thing.
    All shariah is designed to keep women and non-Muslims subservient to hypermasculine Jihadist men.

    – You expect them to be loyal to their country of residence.
    Jihadists’ only loyalty is to the Ummah – the international Mafia of cult members. They brag about ‘eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house…’
    http://crombouke.blogspot.com/2010/01/harbitude-harbis-with-attitude.html

  4. says

    For such a “noble” effort (on the part of these dhimmi pseduo-journalists), they aren’t off to a good start:

    Quote:

    “In our increasingly polarized media landscape, having the facts about any topic is vital to good journalism,” said Howard Finberg…

    then the author states, without any proof:

    Hostile sentiments against US Muslims, estimated between six to eight million, have been on the rise since the 9/11 attacks.

    Oh really? Gawd, these people are beyond pathetic!

  5. says

    Yes indeed, I hope Mr. Finberg gets the facts on the topic. As for having the top academics instruct on the subject, yes indeed. How about Robert Spencer and the rest of his ilk! And for discovering the truth about women and islam and christians, hindu’s and the rest of the spiritalese versus islam. Yes indeed get to the bottom of it. I hope they invite Ayaan Hirshi Ali and the rest of that mob to speak. I would love to see the changing of expressions on the faces of the students. Might make a good photo exhibt.

  6. says

    This isn’t the first time insane narratives have spawned new college projects and curricula. During the height of the global warming movement, department chairs in state-funded universities could get millions in legislative grants to start “Environmental Restoration Technology” programs and such rot. Many academic careers have been built on unrealities.

    But this is much worse. We’ve definitely fallen down some kind of rabbit hole here in my beloved America.

  7. says

    The course is designed to prepare reporters to run accurate information when reporting about Muslims and Islam-related issues.

    Doing that would be dangerous. We don’t know this for sure, cuz it’s never been tried before by a news organization. But, based on the experiences of Rushdie, Van Gogh, Ali, and a number of others, better not to report the actual facts about Moslems.

    *** 33:21 ***

    You’d think W.S.U. would know that. Anybody from Seattle seen the girl who announced the “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day” program? That was a great idea, but I think she’s still in hiding for fear of her life, which can only mean that while a great idea it was also not a good idea.

  8. says

    Reporters will be instructed by top-notch journalists and academicians, who have a long experience in reporting about Islam and Muslims.

    *****

    Congratulations, Robert, on your new teaching assignment. I trust that Roland Shirk, Hugh Fitz, and the other JW writers will be soon be joining you at the Poynter Institute effort in teaching Americans about Islam.

  9. says

    “USA/Islam-Press: US Journalists Taught How to Cover Islam,” from IINA, September 18:
    …………………………….

    And what is the IINA? This is The International Islamic News Agency, which is an organ of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC, if you will recall, is the organization pushing to have the UN recognize blasphemy laws for anyone “criticizing religion””specifically Islam, of course. And along with that tradition of squashing freedm of speech, they operate out of spectacularly unfree Saudi Arabia.

    They are financed by OIC member states, especially by bastions of journalistic freedom Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya.

    More:

    WASHINGTON, 20 Shawwal/18 Sept (IINA)- In a bid to run correct news reporting about Muslims, two American universities have launched a project to teach journalists how to tackle Islam-related issues.

    “In our increasingly polarized media landscape, having the facts about any topic is vital to good journalism,” said Howard Finberg, director of interactive learning at the Poynter Institute, reported Ahlul Bayt News Agency.
    …………………………….

    And what is the Ahlul Bayt News Agency? This is a Shia outfit aimed at the West–they have news and television outlets in Britain, North America, and Australia. “Ahlul Bayt” is Arabic for the ‘Holy Household’, referring to the “holy” progeny of the “Prophet” Muhammad”this is straight Shi’ite theology, which claims all power descends through Ali, the relative of Muhammed.

    This organization is basically aggressive Shi’ite Da’wa to the West.

    Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi, the channel’s founder had announced plans to launch the channel to “show the true, undistorted nature of Islam and Islamic civilization to the West”. Al-Modarresi comes from a family of Iranian Ayatollahs.

    Both of these fine Islamic news outlets seem to think highly of this increased dhimmitude. I wonder why? sarc/off

    More:

    “We have no ax to grind, other than a desire to see accurate, balanced reporting of this topic, which has such broad impact on American society today,” said Lawrence Pintak, a former CBS News Middle East correspondent who developed the project.
    …………………………….

    And who is Lawrence Pintak? He is the author of “Seeds of Hate: How America’s Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad”. So”he *blames America* for Jihad terror”yet claims he “has no ax to grind”. On a panel titled “Roots of Terrorism”, he is thus described: “Research interests include the perception gap between the U.S. and the world’s Muslims and how U.S. government policies and rhetoric polarize Muslim attitudes”.

    In other words, any bad behavior on the part of Muslims is *our fault*.

    More:

    In addition to Pintak, instructors also include Stephen Franklin, a former Chicago Tribune Middle East correspondent, who spent years covering the Muslim world.

    And who is Stephen Franklin? Way back in 1996, in an article for the Chicago Tribune titled “Terrorism: No Longer So Unusual”, the obtuse Franklin wrote:

    “In 1995 Muslims, Jews, Hindus and Christians, saying they were acting in the name of their God, increasingly resorted to terror.”

    Uh…yeah. His Western examples run to the non-religious Unabomber. He features no examples of Jewish or Hindu terrorists, either. Has he wised up in the years since? It would appear not.

    More:

    Hostile sentiments against US Muslims, estimated between six to eight million, have been on the rise since the 9/11 attacks.
    …………………………….

    Not only is this assertion untrue, but his figures are damn suspect, as well. I have read estimates of the Muslim population in the United States range from one or two million to seven million”with the higher number generally considered grotesquely inflated. This is, in fact, the *very first time* I have seen the suggest population rang up to “eight million”.

    More:

    Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the US largest Jewish movement, had also accused US media and politicians of demonizing Islam and portraying Muslims as “satanic figures”.
    …………………………….

    In 2007 Rabbi Yoffie spoke before the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He opined:

    A “profound ignorance” about Islam in the United States had helped spread the image of Muslims as the enemy, Yoffie said, pushing for a more active denunciation of those promoting such beliefs.

    “The time has come to stand up to the opportunists in our midst ” the media figures, religious leaders and politicians who demonize Muslims and bash Islam, exploiting the fears of their fellow citizens for their own purposes,” Yoffie said, drawing frequent rounds of applause and a standing ovation. “The time has come to end racial profiling and legal discrimination of any kind against Muslim Americans.”

    http://www.forward.com/articles/11554/

    Does the good Rabbi understand that the ISNA supports Hamas, and is an arm of *the Muslim Brotherhood*. Likely not.

    So”there we have it. Another unholy alliance between Islamic Jihad and the clueless useful idiots of the illiberal Left.

  10. says

    Randy is not the sharpest tool in the shed, just cannot stay on topic – which is the rot of izlum – who always comes to the rescue (stupidly) of the izlumic countries misfortunes is it their brother muzlums – NO it is always Christian organizations and countries. Who are the largest conributors of aid in the world – wait for it – again Christian Western countries. Your trying to slather Christians with your false accusations is just oh so tiresome and – WRONG! Grow the heck up!

    Natives, just like many blacks and muzlums, need to stop blaming whites for all their problems and take some darned responsibility for their lot in life – slavery and so called land stealing by white man is a old tiresome excuse for their failure to take control of their own destinies – they need to stop drinking, stop taking drugs, and get an education and quit living in the past its getting them nowhere.

    If white Christian countries are so evil, why are all third worlders scrambling all over themselves to come and live here.

  11. says

    Counting the cost:

    From my own point of view; a beheaded head on the ground with eyes open from surprise, need not be surprised that the head is too soon separated. Rather, it should be of its foolishness of having not counted and recognized its enemies.

    Among all these Islamic covetous hunters of heads of non-belivers, Boko Haram is worst. And should, please be mentioned and counted constantly.

    Note:
    We are still waiting to see a Muslim that did not participate in jubilation of the victory of Osama bin Laden on 911.

    Hence, the most likely it is that they are all desiring for more.

  12. says

    There is, however, in this article, a certain unintended humour.

    They are telling the truth in spite of themselves.

    Observe the headline:

    “US Journalists Taught How to Cover Islam”

    and from within the article –

    ‘Titled “Covering Islam in America”, the project was co-launched earlier this week by Washington State University and the Poynter Institute’s News University.’…

    “our e-learning module on NewsU is an effective and accessible way for journalists to get the training they need to cover Islam and Muslims in America”.

    Oh, they’re learning how to ‘cover’ Islam, alright; they’re going to be taught how to **cover it up**.

    How to conceal it, hide it, obfuscate it…

    As M Scott Peck says in ‘People of the Lie’ – “the subconscious, however, has a beautiful and tenacious tendency to speak the truth”.

    Whoever it was who wrote this article, the repetition of the term ‘cover’ – in the eyes of any reader who knows about Islam’s propensity for deception and concealment, and knows the agenda of this Poynter Institute program – becomes curiously apposite and curiously revealing.

  13. says

    @ randy

    You wrote: ‘Christianity does not belong on the main street of canada with all the harm done to the native people.’

    Fuzzy thinking on your part. Now, repeat after me.

    There may be some less than peaceful Christians, but there is no such thing as less than peaceful Christianity. On the other hand, there may be peaceful Muslims, but there is no such thing as peaceful Islam.

    (Learn this by heart and repeat it 100 times a day!)

  14. says

    Half of Koran is filled with suras which are disdainful of Jews, Christians and “infidels” and the good half is plagiarism of Jewish and Christian bibles. The “moderate” Muslims either have never read Koran or are engaged in tremendous whitewashing of this vile book, which DOES incite Jihadists to their dastardly acts. Story telling is a characteristic of Arab tribes, and they are very good in hiding truth that needs to be told about Islam and its role in inciting terrorism.

    When Muslims are warned about “evilness” of Jews and told not to make friends with the Jews and “infidels” and when Koran disparages Jews for preferring life on Earth, rather than “eternal” life (as every good Muslim should), those are direct instructions to young men who do not have prospectives for a good life on Earth to speed up getting into Paradise by a fast track: blowing themselves up while killing Jews and Americans to get to Paradise with 72 virgins.

    It IS ISLAM itself, stupid!

  15. says

    every time i check in= you guys are still at it. islam is dying, why? gabriel did not fit into muhammads brain. how has the koran done what the koran has done? one prophet against countless Prophts. i choose to believe in the likes of the Prophet SittingBull,” i do not know the Father of the Whitemans God, but He does have a plan for my people. my people are returning”.
    peaceful bull

  16. says

    Harm committed by a “Christian” cannot be attributed to the founder of Christianity. Harm committed by a Muslim can be and is attributed to the founder of Islam.

    Islam: where freedom ends and slavery begins.

  17. says

    Randy, do you have any First Nations heritage? And, what do you know of the supposed “crimes” committed by Christianity against them? Do you think that the First Nations would really like to go back to the birch bark canoe, leather loin cloths, stone axes, and, after the Huron v. Iroquois games, the losers literally being lunch?

    I’d also like to see you answer the question at the end of j-not-a’s post, too.

  18. says

    Gravenimage

    beautifully done.

    Handy to have the background dirt on all those entities and persons.

    I have heard it said…”google is my friend”….and used with discretion by the well-informed, who know how to frame search terms, and what degree of weight to assign to which sources, a little ferreting around on the internets can indeed be very, very useful.

  19. says

    Dumbledore’s Army wrote:

    Handy to have the background dirt on all those entities and persons.
    ……………………

    Thank you, DDA. Sometimes it is difficult to find background information on persons and institutions”or to find reliable and verifiable information.

    But generally, this is fairly rare. Certainly, all of those covered in the above article are well known. Had I spent more time on it, I could have listed many, many more examples of their history and behavior.

    What often amazes me is *how little* research goes on, even by journalists”the same journalists covering both this story, and covering the rest of the Jihad.

  20. says

    “iamsent” wrote:

    every time i check in= you guys are still at it.
    ……………………

    Perhaps that is because Islam is “still at it””murdering people in Jihad terror attacks, pushing barbaric Shari’ah law, and trying to silence those who have the temerity to speak up about it. Do you have anything to say about that? I didn’t think so…

  21. says

    The course is designed to prepare reporters to run accurate information when reporting about Muslims and Islam-related issues.

    No, this statement was made to continue the bias unjounalistic views the nations’ news agencies use, as well as the world’s free nations in their attempt to promote their appearance as angels of light and such good humanitarian people. I’m talking about the cancer of political correctness.

    You would be totally correct if the course was indeed designed to run ACCURATE information on Islam. The jihadist would be bombing the news stations, but as it is they are assisting jihad.