Islam Coverage a ‘Disgrace’

Seattle Post-Intelligencer reader Muhammad Omer Iqbal posts on the paper’s blog (10/26/08) about media in a “frenzy to denounce Islam and Muslims every time a terrorist activity takes place”:

Many Muslims believe that their faith was taken by terrorists when they indulged in some of the most heinous crimes. On the other hand, I am of the opinion that media played an even more important role when it chose not to talk about those Muslims who serve America and play a positive role here. Seven years after the attacks of September 11, it is a disgrace that American media has not been able to help Americans understand about Islam and Muslims.

Exactly how poorly media have informed U.S. residents about the religion is demonstrated by Iqbal’s citation of this alarming statistic: “According to a 2007 poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 58 percent of Americans said that they knew little or nothing about Islam’s practices.”

Listen to the FAIR radio show CounterSpin: Isabel MacDonald & Steve Rendall on ‘Smearcasting,’ FAIR’s Islamophobia Report (10/10/08)