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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Is this Journalism?

Michelle Malkin highlights NBC News division trying to "stage" news:


I have been talking with a producer of the NBC Dateline show and he is in the process of filming a piece on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab discrimination in the USA. They are looking for some Muslim male candidates for their show who would be willing to go to non-Muslim gatherings and see if they attract any discriminatory comments or actions while being filmed.

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That said, I'm urgently looking for someone who can be filmed this April 1st weekend at a Nascar event (and other smaller events) in Virginia. NBC is willing to fly in someone and cover their weekend expenses. The filming would take place all day on Saturday and Sunday.

We already have a hijabi sister who will be filmed there but a Muslim is also needed to join her. I also need candidates for the other filming segments which will take place in the following weeks.

A few weeks later, NBC will fly all the filmed participants to New York City to interview them as a group about their experience and thoughts on discrimination they've faced in America, especially in light of the times we live in (war on terror, 9-11, etc.). The show, if approved by NBC (highly likely), is expcted to air sometime this summer.

So, basically NBC News is looking to pay someone to show discrimination at non-Muslim events. If the discrimination doesn't happen, then the participants won't get the expense paid trip to New York City and be on TV. Doesn't this influence the events then?

If discrimination at NASCAR events, or other "non-Muslim" events [what an interesting choice of words, since when is a sporting event classified on a religion? -ed] is so rampant, why can't you just put out a call for people that have been discriminated against, get their details, and report on it? Why do you have to set up some elaborate sting operation?

The only thing NASCAR fans are discriminating against is the driver your rooting for. They would probably tell the Muslim men to root for Jeff Gordon or something.....

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Comments (2)
St Wendeler said...

Brian, Brian, Brian... this is hard-hitting "investigative journalism." And by investigative journalism, I mean seeking to confirm existing stereotypes regarding the Red States and their jingoistic ethnocentrism.

Two things....

1 - I would be interested in shadowing this group as it visits these non-Muslim events. For some reason, I don't trust that CBS is going to simply follow these folks around. I envision them holding signs stating that Bush was behind 9/11, etc and then throwing them to the side when they're pummeled.

2 - Project for Evan Coyne Maloney, my favorite documentarian: Send in several orthodox Jews into non-Jewish gatherings and see what happens. I would recommend joining the latest CAIR event or pro-Palestinian rally.

Wonder what the response would be????

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Brian said...

Its NBC, not CBS, Saint. I'm sure you just got confused with Katie jumping ship... ;-)