With thanx to Mullah:
* Yes Sir: there are those who will not learn. There are those who reject reality and there are those who are on the payroll of the enemy. There are those who are deliberately stoopid and there are those who just never had a clear mental moment and remain empty suits for a whole wasted life.
But we need CHANGE, like NOW!!!!
Phil Bennett, the Washington Post’s managing editor, speaking at UCI Monday about the lack of Muslims working in American newsrooms. Courtesy UCI
From the ‘Bunglawussi wispered in my ear’ department:
The managing editor of one of the country’s biggest newspapers thinks news organizations ought to hire more Muslim reporters.
Philip Bennett, the Washington Post’s managing editor, said reporters often struggle with understanding Islam during a speech Monday at UCI about the difficulties of covering the religion.
Bennett’s speech focused on the media’s need to cover issues concerning Islam in an in-depth, long-term manner.
To illustrate this point he drew mainly from quotes of notable colleagues and statistical polls, rarely giving his own opinion directly.
“Six of 10 Americans, according to a 2007 ABC Poll, don’t understand the basic tenets of Islam,” Bennett said.
He attributed this to the lack of Muslims working in American newsrooms.
“At the Post I want more Muslim readers and I want more Muslim journalists,” he said.
* We don’t. We don’t want it. We don’t need it. We need somebody with balls.We don’t need spin doctors to cook the news. We need somebody to kick ass: no more empty suits!
Words poorly translated from Arabic to English are a big source of confusion caused by the lack of Muslim voices in the American media, according to Bennett.
Zeyad Maasarani, 22, a Muslim reporter for California’s most circulated Muslim publication, Southern California in Focus, agrees with Bennett that terms like “jihad,” “madrasa” and “hijab” are a big source of the public’s misunderstanding of Islam.
“Jihad means holy war, which is the definition that most Americans know, but it also means struggle, and valiant attempt,” Maasarani said.
* Tokyo Rose: ‘Whisper sweet nothings in my ears, honey…’
One such word that has been contentiously debated in newsrooms is “Islamist,” which generally refers to a political movement governed by Islamic law. Bennett said at the Washington Post editors still have not decided whether to add it to their style book.
Some argue the word is a useful distinction for movements like Hamas and Hezbollah, but others at the Post argue that it is too vague and should be omitted in favor of a more specific description.
Bennett spent most of his time recalling an anecdote about a misunderstood Muslim group in Walkersville, Md., who were trying to purchase a large amount of land for a retreat.
The Ahmadiyya, an Islamic sect considered heretical through much of the Muslim world, did TV interviews, town hall meetings and even door-to-door interviews to try to convince the people of Walkersville that they meant well, according to Bennett, but the county zoning board ultimately denied permission to buy the land.
He cites cursorily researched articles in the local and national newspapers that neglected to figure out who the Ahmadiyya really were as a primary reason that their proposal was met with massive protests.
Bennett said that in the period following 9/11 there was a lot of uninformed writing about Islam, and that “the best journalism fought against the tide of public perception.”
* Why would ‘the best journalism fight against the tide of public perception,’ Bennet???
* What makes you think you have to force the Broccoli down our collective throats? Are you saying you used to hate it till you ate it, Bennet?
Bennet’s lecture is part of a larger series of events on religion and politics sponsored by the UCI Center for the Study of Democracy.
* Remember: Democracy is like a bus: “You ride it until you arrive at your destination, then you step off.” Tayyip Erdogan, PM of turkey
Who could imagine that the imbecile George Bush could dumb a whole nation down?
Imam George Bush
“Islam is Peace”, sez President:
When we think of Islam we think of a faith that brings comfort to a billion people around the world. Billions of people find comfort and solace and peace. And that’s made brothers and sisters out of every race — out of every race.
Update: the New York Times peddles the same mindless BS:
“When they behead someone, they say ‘Allahu akbar,’ they read Koranic verse…The young people, they think this is Islam”
* Depressing. 7 years after 9/11 people are more ignorant than ever. Looks like we have to be nuked before somebody gets the message…