Just the Facts, Imam

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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This article is reprinted from Sultanknish.blogspot.com.

Just the facts, Imam. A Muslim terrorist attack damaged a building, allowing Muslims to pick it up for a fraction of the price, in order to build a mosque on the spot. Some people might say that sort of thing is tacky. A little like coming by to make an offer on the house, after your cousin murdered the entire family who lived there. Sure, you might claim that you’re not responsible, but it just doesn’t look good. Especially once you start palling around with your cousin, and suggesting that maybe he was just misunderstood. And maybe that family brought it on themselves.

But the media still insists that Islam had nothing to do with 9/11. Or if it had anything to do with 9/11, it was those “other Muslims,” not these Muslims. The media isn’t really good at explaining the difference between these Muslims and those Muslims. Often the media insists that those Muslims are actually these Muslims. Sometimes they claim that those Muslims are actually not Muslims at all, but people who are upset about foreclosures and work related stress.

When Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, the media spent thousands of pounds of ink claiming that he was suffering from some airborne form of PTSD that he picked up from the soldiers he was abusing– all evidence to the contrary. When the Times Square Bomber tried to kill a few thousand New Yorkers, the media claimed that he was upset because his house had been foreclosed on. Inconveniently enough, he turned out to be a Muslim terrorist, complete with his very own Al Qaeda martyrdom video.

But the media has never actually said those five little words. “Sorry America, we were wrong.” Because the media is never wrong. Sometimes they’re just technically incorrect. Sometimes the facts just don’t agree with their reality. And the reality can get pretty hazy down on the other side of the Reality Based Community. Especially when there’s enough drugs in the mix. And even when it’s just the liberal Kool Aid talking.

So when it comes to Muslims, the media doesn’t exactly have a great track record of telling apart “these Muslims” from “those Muslims”. After 9/11 the media did multiple interviews with a kindly and friendly Imam, by the name of Anwar Al-Awlaki. Anwar explained to every media outlet that would listen that Islam is opposed to terrorism and anyone who thinks otherwise misunderstood one of those 12,000 “You Shall Smite the Infidel” verses in the Koran. After doing enough interviews on NPR and PBS, Anwar Al-Awlaki is hiding from US drones somewhere in Yemen, and has been linked to both the Fort Hood Massacre and the Times Square Bomber.

You might think that Anwar Al-Awlaki snapped after enough appearances on PBS and NPR, whose soft calming music and lobotomized hosts could turn anyone into a terrorist, but Al-Awlaki was actually advising the 9/11 hijackers, even before the attacks happened. So when Anwar Al-Awlaki was telling the press that Islam is opposed to terrorism, he was asking them to ignore everything the FBI and CounterJihadi sites had found. Which they happily did.

What that all adds up to is that the media’s proven ability to handicap who is or isn’t a Muslim terrorist is about as good as Crazy Blind Louie’s ability to handicap horse races in China, when he doesn’t speak Chinese and has been trapped in a coma for the last 3 years. At this point if the media tells you that someone isn’t a Muslim terrorist, the Vegas odds are on the side of him being Osama bin Laden’s right hand man. If the media tells you that an Imam is moderate, run to within 50 feet away to avoid the shrapnel.

The media’s approach to Islamic terrorism is a lot like Pat Buchanan’s approach to the Holocaust. They will concede that terrorism probably does exist, and it might involve Muslims, but it’s not as bad as people make it out to be, there’s a lot of context, and anyway look at the history of it. It’s not as if we’re defending them, except we’re writing all these articles explaining how we shouldn’t have been fighting them in the first place. And really what did we get out of the war anyway?

Finally the media plays its trump card. Religious freedom. It’s in the Constitution, Man! And who has never doubted the media’s commitment to religious freedom, except when it comes to prayer in schools or in the military? Or their commitment to the Bill of Rights, which they would die for, except for the parts they don’t like very much.

Certainly the media has a point, when it argues that it’s wrong to claim that a house of worship shouldn’t be built, because it’s offensive. The media has never been known to do that. Except when they actually claim that houses of worship can be destroyed, because they’re offensive.

5 years ago, the good Muslims of Gaza decided to torch a bunch of synagogues. Naturally the media got very outraged about it. Well, not exactly. The media actually enthusiastically endorsed the burning of synagogues. Why? Because synagogues in Gaza are innately offensive.

While a synagogue was being vandalized by a gleeful Muslim mob, CNN’s Matthew Chance explained:

This structure behind me –very controversial because it is the Jewish synagogue in the middle of Netzarim. The Israeli cabinet, of course, voting to leave those synagogues standing, very much angering the Palestinian Authority, because they know that these buildings are seen very much by the vast majority of Palestinians as potent symbols of the Israeli occupation and could not be protected or even left standing. And so we’re seeing very sensitive scenes here over the past few hours as the Palestinian security forces move the civilians out of that synagogue and move their bulldozers in to take away these structures, again, seen as hated symbols of the Israeli occupation.

A mere 5 years ago, CNN justified the destruction of Jewish synagogues because they’re offensive. It described the destruction of a House of Worship as “take away these structures,” a lovely euphemism that Goebbels probably couldn’t have improved on. A euphemism that suggests the synagogue was being taken somewhere for a walk. Or maybe to a better place. Instead of being crudely demolished, after it had been burned and ransacked by a Muslim mob.

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  • TG Browning

    God this is familiar. It just struck me how bloody like the press reports of the 30s this is. If you've never read George Orwell's *Homage to Catalonia*, you might like to. He does a very careful job of analyzing how the world press handled the bizarre politics of the Spanish Civil War. As far as I know, only Orwell and one Swiss journalist (Franz Borkenau) did any straight, unbiased reporting from Spain during the civil war.

    Browning>>>

    • marat1

      I read a little known passage by Orwell many years ago in which he wrote that virtually ALL Totalitarian ideologies have a similar thread running through them–each one claims to be "a perfect system." Islam, of course, is "perfection" personified, one body at a time. It would be ironic if American Liberty (which already has been compromised by Islamic threats and intimidation, were to sink to its lowest point ever, consequences of a population that sees Islam as "a religion" rather than what is before the eyes of the public–a Totalitarian and Fascist ideology that runs totally counter to the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Stopping the GZM doesn’t go nearly far enough. Islam must be run out of this country on the grounds that it isn’t a religion. Islam ceased being a religion after the Hijra, Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina, when it morphed into something else: a militant theo-political totalitarian ideology that seeks to subjugate the world via the imposition of sharia as its main goal.

    In addition, all of the Koran’s verses that originate from the time when Islam was a religion, per the principle of abrogation, have also been abrogated, that is superseded and replaced by the latter violent verses of the Koran that originate from after the Hijra when Islam had already morphed into a militant theo-political totalitarian ideology.

    Islam only masquerades as being a religion to infiltrate the societies that it intends to subjugate and subsume.

  • stephencuz

    Mr. Greenfield, I salute you sir. This is such a well written piece and should be shouted from the rooftops! I feel helpless in that I am removed geographically. I feel as close as a brother with you in spirit. I do agree with YoMoma as well. He hits the nail on the head. We'll never make the correction if we go after the GZM as THE issue. The real issue is Islam itself. It IS hate speech. We are Americans. We will get over hurt feelings of a location of a mosque. If that were what our issue was. But it isn't. We couldn't fight that anyway. What a waste of time it would be to pursue the religious beliefs of another as being wrong. It would get us nowhere. However, rejecting a political, socio, totalitarian system that is in direct conflict with our Constitution is not only a winnable battle but it is our duty to pursue.
    Mr. Greenfield, when the trumpets sound, count me in to stand shoulder to shoulder with you.

  • Jaladhi

    You think if this article was sent to our gloriously stupid media, they may realize how stupid they are while defending PC and multiculturalism?

    • jonmc

      The media? Don't be stupid!
      When have facts ever stood in the way of a story?
      Or truth in the way of the bias?
      Or reality in the way of perception?

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Yes, yes, yes. A perfect piece, Mr. Greenfield, in every way. And a valuable addendum by Obama YoMoma. Both need to be circulated as widely as possible. I have been upset for the past 15 hours since hearing on NBC News last night that in the past year in the U.K., the most frequently registered name for new babies has been the various spellings of Muhammad, Mohamed, etc.

  • http://apcnational.wordpress.com/ Mike in VA

    Another brilliant article by Daniel Greenfield.

    Here's another great piece he wrote about the proposed Ground Zero mosque/rabat:

    The Muslim Hijacking of Ground Zero http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2010/08/muslim-hi

  • Spider

    Can anyone answer why the entire U.S. media runs cover for Mu-slim attrocities such as you know mass murder, stonings, beheadings, treating women like beasts or church and temple destruction? This is same as defending Hitler, Stalin or Pol Pot etc. I just don't get it/.

    • chiquelets

      Neither do I Spider. Muslims have immigrated into Western Europe at astounding rates, breeding like flies to the point where Muhammed is the #1 name for boys in Britiain! And the Brits have allowed Sharia Law to be legal in specific areas of the land. HUH? This 'invasion' has been calculated. Why bother sending warriors when the stupid liberals allow Muslim families to immigrate into their country, go on the dole and make no effort whatsoever to assimilate into the culture? We must never allow this to happen in the U.S., however Dearborn, Michigan, has become a frightening twin. Take a look at some art th/ parallels this… .http://fineartamerica.com/featured/america-in-chains-lee-anne-stieglitz.html. There are several other paintings on the site…look around.

      • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

        My reply is blocked

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      Not pretending to offer the complete reply, here are several partial explanations.

      1) It is not new. They did defend Hitler and Stalin! For at least 80 years the U.S. media (and universities, some businesses and their "charities") hate the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, and by association they favor all foreign enemies who hate this foundation too. So in the 30s they favored Hitler, then – Stalin and socialism, and now Islam.

      2) Some of such fellow travellers fullheartedly loved the enemies, however the majority were just bought by the enemy. Of the three enemies mentioned above, Islam is the most incredulously rich empowered by our petrodollars. Thus Islam reinvests and literally owes our media, universities, the Department of State and part of the government.

      To survive we need a very drastic turn in our attitude: to begin with routine koran burning, and then outlaw and rid of Islam in the US totally. Nothing less would help.

    • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

      Not pretending to offer the complete reply, here are several partial explanations.

      1) It is not new. They did defend Hitler and Stalin! For at least 80 years the U.S. media (and universities, some businesses and their "charities") hate the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, and by association they favor all foreign enemies who hate this foundation too. So in the 30s they favored Hitler, then – Stalin and socialism, and now Islam.

      2) Some of such fellow travellers fullheartedly loved the enemies, however the majority were just bought by the enemy. Of the three enemies mentioned above Islam is the most incredulously rich empowered by our petrodollars. Thus Islam reinvests and literally owes our media, universities, the Department of State and part of the government.

      To survive we need a very drastic turn in our attitude: to begin with routine burning of korans, and then outlaw and rid of Islam in the US totally. Nothing less would help.

    • David, Thailand

      Easy…the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

      Islam draws support from the Left with common political goals and ideologically driven contempt for Israel and the West. In fact, Western liberals and apologists are in many ways more toxic than fully propagandised Muslims, since they once had the capacity for free thought which they discarded in hate-fuelled fury at the very societies that gave them everything they publicly profess to treasure, which includes, paradoxically, the freedom for rational thought.

    • Ret. Marine

      In just tow words, JEW HATERS.

  • American_Flag

    Mass media with all their double standards, and the dems with their lack of accountability can all go to h*ll. All thieves and liars.

    There I said it!

    • American_Flag

      Oh, and dammitt to h*ll if you are a white christian male in this country…the media treats you with condemnation for your very existance.

      TRAVESTY!!!!

  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    Not pretending to offer the complete reply to Spider, here are several partial explanations.

    1) It is not new. They did defend Hitler and Stalin! For at least 80 years the U.S. media (and universities, some businesses and their "charities") hate the Judeo-Christian foundation of America, and by association they favor all foreign enemies who hate this foundation too. So in the 30s they favored Hitler, then – Stalin and socialism, and now Islam.

    2) Some of such fellow travellers fullheartedly loved the enemies, however the majority were just bought by the enemy. Of the three enemies mentioned above Islam is the most incredulously rich empowered by our petrodollars. Thus Islam reinvests and literally owes our media, universities, the Department of State and part of the government.

    To survive we need a very drastic turn in our attitude: to begin with routine burning of korans, and then outlaw and rid of Islam in the US totally. Nothing less would help.

  • waterwillows

    You don't need rocket science to view the hundreds, maybe thousands, of videos on the web where the muslims condemn the western media. The media has pandered to Islam and made itself the target. Whenever muslims look about and see a weakness; that is always the place they will destroy and attack. In their eyes any sign of being weak is 'asking' for your death. Hence we have numerous videos suggesting just that.
    So I fully expect that the media will reap what they have sown. Notice how they hate Obama? He is viewed as a weakling by our enemies.

  • olustee

    Islam is a culture of thugs–if you want to understand how it works, watch The Sopranos. Liberals are religious illiterates, which is why they can't see through Islamist posturings. What really gets to me is how swiftly they have taken the measure of how much America's constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms can be manipulated. What we need systematic confrontations "on the street" with these people: talk to them in their faces, never accept a thing they say without a sharp, in-your-face-reply, make them mad, make them so mad that they can't help screaming–for the benefit of the watching media–their hatred for America. A smiling Imam needs to have the smilie wiped off his face, and that publicly, too.

  • http://mypage.direct.ca/l/lbouchar/ SeaMystic

    Thank you for the great article.
    We must save the names and articles of the Leftist media for future charges of Treason, while our societies are at War against Islam.

    For the Liberal Left who support Islam, do you have any children you wish to offer, in supporting Mohammeds Paedophilic dogma? After all Mohammed was the most noble of all men.

    check: http://www.petiononline.com/MYSTIC/petition.html

  • Ret. Marine

    I thoroughly enjoyed the article, and cannot find an item in disagreement. Its really sad for the media, but the media is not the media many of us grew up with, you like telling just the facts, and leaving the personal opinions out of the facts, like, telling the history as it happened, not the way they wished for it to happen, or event he actual reason for the event.
    I literally have to explain to my grandchildren, almost on a daily basis, the who, why . and when of almost every article they come in contact with, as they are not sufficiently informed in regards to history, opinions, and why these opinions are even allowed to enter into a given subject. This is truly disturbing, the daily diatribes of certain individuals and their hatred. One day though, I suspect all of this hatred is going to eat them up to the point of irrelevancy, if it has not already.

  • bubba4

    "But the media still insists that Islam had nothing to do with 9/11. Or if it had anything to do with 9/11, it was those “other Muslims,” not these Muslims."

    I think the difference of worldview would be that while most people realize that the 9/11 Hijackers were Islamic extremists. I think they are trying not to make all Muslims everywhere responsible for it…they may not agree with FPM that all Muslims are automatically killing robots bent by blood and destiny to destroy all that we love.

    But instead of just admitting this simple fact…you pretend the argument is something else entirely…

  • http://www.novelgraphicnovels.com Steve Edward

    You want to know why the press sides with Muslims and against what ever Israel does?

    That’s easy!! The Media has major Muslim share holders who also have a choke hole on America’s Oil Supply.

    In this context, can 300 million American dispense with 3 million Israelis?

    You fill in the blank_____________

  • Naveed

    It is well obvious from above comments that you all are very extremist in your thoughts… and well feeded with propoganda against Islam. Islam is a true religion and thats why it is the fastest growing religion in USA and Eorope. Sooner or later you all will come to know about reality as this life is very short….. Islam rules in the heart of majority of people in this world who live to please God and spread the message of peace among mankind. You have blood of millions on your hand in WWI, WWII, Iraq, Afg and so many other parts of the world. You will never found any such incident in Islamic history. There is no escape to reality, just require willingness to see it.