This article is part of FAIR's study, "Smearcasting, How Islamophobes Spread Bigotry, Fear and Misinformation." Visit the report's special micro-site at www.smearcasting.com or click here to download the full report. Even the world of celebrity fashion is not spared by the Islamophobic smear machine. In May 2008, right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin accused celebrity chef Rachael Ray of sporting a "regular adornment of Muslim terrorists" (Town Hall, 5/28/08) in a Dunkin' Donuts ad. In the ad, Ray wore a black-and-white scarf resembling a keffiyeh, a traditional item of Arab clothing. Malkin characterized Ray's scarf as a "jihadi chic keffiyeh" and a […]
A fringe term goes mainstream, with a little help from the media
This article is part of FAIR's study, "Smearcasting, How Islamophobes Spread Bigotry, Fear and Misinformation." Visit the report's special micro-site at www.smearcasting.com or click here to download the full report. The term "Islamofascism" came into common use after the September 2001 attacks as a favorite way for neoconservatives to describe the ideology of extremist and violent groups such as Al-Qaeda that claim to act in the name of Islam. A search of the Nexis database shows just two mentions of the term before 2001, both in British media. The first (Independent, 9/8/90) came in a remark by writer Malise Ruthven […]
Who's who among America's leading Islamophobes
This article is part of FAIR's study "Smearcasting: How Islamophobes Spread Bigotry, Fear and Misinformation." Bigots aren’t born, and hate doesn’t spring up on its own; as the song says, “You’ve got to be carefully taught.” The following list includes some of the media’s leading teachers of anti-Muslim bigotry, serving various roles in the Islamophobic movement. Some write the books that serve as intellectual fodder, others serve as promoters, others play the roles of provocateurs and rabble-rousers. Some ply their bigotry in the media’s mainstream, others in the Internet’s tributaries, while still others work talk radio’s backwaters. Together with uncounted […]
This article is part of FAIR's study, "Smearcasting, How Islamophobes Spread Bigotry, Fear and Misinformation." Visit the report's special micro-site at www.smearcasting.com or click here to download the full report. In September 2007, the Khalil Gibran International Academy, named for the noted Lebanese Christian poet, became the country's first public school focused on Arabic language and culture. According to the New York Department of Education (Brooklyn Eagle, 7/30/07) the school was using "the same curriculum packages as other New York City public schools," and the chancellor of schools emphasized (Christian Science Monitor, 6/1/07) that its curriculum would be subject to […]
How Islamophobes spread fear, bigotry and misinformation
http://www.smearcasting.us/FAIR_Smearcasting_Final.pdf Smearcasting: How Islamophobes spread fear, bigotry and misinformation By FAIR October 2008 Researched and written by Steve Rendall, Isabel Macdonald, Veronica Cassidy and Dina Marguerite Jacir Edited by Julie Hollar and Jim Naureckas Smearcasting: Table of Contents Making Islamophobia Mainstream: How Muslim-bashers broadcast their bigotry 4 The Dirty Dozen: Who’s Who Among America’s Leading Islamophobes 8 David Horowitz 8 Robert Spencer 8 Daniel Pipes 10 Michael Savage 10 Pat Robertson 11 Sean Hannity 11 Bill O’Reilly 12 Mark Steyn 13 Steve Emerson 14 Michelle Malkin 14 Glenn Beck 15 Debbie Schlussel 16 Case Studies 18 Islamofascism: A fringe term […]
A video clip from Bill O'Reilly's early days of TV, when he worked as a host of Inside Edition, offers a revealing glimpse of the host of Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor. Apparently O'Reilly had proved his credentials as a crusader for moral conservative values...by outbursts of swearing? Click here to watch video in Windows Media Player. Or watch video in Quick Time on the Crooks and Liars website. For more on the reality behind O'Reilly's facade, check out The O'Really Factor? by FAIR's Peter Hart.
Paraguay's Tri-Border Area: Who's Hyping Whom?
April Howard and Benjamin Dangl's "City of Terror" (Extra!, 9-10/07) is a remarkably sloppy, naive and tendentious piece of reporting even by your habitually partisan and lax standards. Let me see if I understand them correctly: They mosey into Ciudad del Este in 2007, can't find evidence of Islamic extremists in the Tri-Border Area (TBA), and projecting backward from that cursory examination, in which they appear not to have talked to anyone with any real knowledge of local security issues, conclude that exactly the same situation must always have prevailed in the region. Frankly put, that is silly. In their […]
Transcript from February 26 Democratic debate
MR. RUSSERT: Senator Obama, one of the things in a campaign is that you have to react to unexpected developments. On Sunday, the headline in your hometown paper, Chicago Tribune: "Louis Farrakhan Backs Obama for President at Nation of Islam Convention in Chicago." Do you accept the support of Louis Farrakhan? SEN. OBAMA: You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Minister Farrakhan's anti-Semitic comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can't censor […]