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 […]
Who's who among America's leading Islamophobes
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 […]
ATTORNEY GENERAL MUKASEY HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE, AS RELEASED BY THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES, BAGHDAD, IRAQ FEBRUARY 13, 2008 MUKASEY: Thank you very much. Good afternoon. I am pleased to be here today in the Republic of Iraq. This is my first trip to Baghdad since taking office as Attorney General. And I am impressed and encouraged by what I see and hear. Since 2003, the Department of Justice has been working in partnership with our colleagues at the State Department and multinational forces to help build the foundation for a strong and independent nation. I spent part […]
Morning Edition, 2/23/08
Mukasey Meets the Press in Baghdad SCOTT SIMON, host: Well, Attorney General Mukasey went to Iraq recently to observe the country’s budding legal system. NPR justice correspondent Ari Shapiro went with him and learned something about Iraq’s emerging free press. ARI SHAPIRO: At a Washington press conference there are certain types of questioners you see all the time. There’s the rambler, who goes on forever; the attacker, who would really rather make a point than ask a question; the left- fielder, whose question has nothing to do with the topic at hand. At Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s press conference in […]
Op-ed published in the Seattle Times With just a few weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, polls are providing pundits and political junkies with fresh data to spin out a new round of the usual “who’s up, who’s down” campaign coverage. But while the press seems settled on a new narrative for the campaign, journalists should recall what the polls told them last time around about who would likely win the Iowa caucuses. The tone of coverage of the Democratic race seemed to shift when a Nov. 19 ABC/Washington Post poll of likely caucus-goers showed a tight race among […]
Final report available Friday September 7
A new FAIR study examining how the network news covered poverty over a three year period (2003-6) will be released on our website this week. Read what the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne had to say about the report on the FAIR in the news page of our website.