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Raymond Ibrahim


March 15, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Many are the reasons why Americans — including most Christians — are utterly ignorant of the plight of Christians under Islam.  Yet there is no doubt that the media, where we get our information, is the root source of this ignorance.  Whether by distorting, engaging in apologetics for Islam, or simply not reporting on the reality on the ground, the mainstream media has seen to it that Muslim persecution of Christians, arguably the greatest human rights abuse of our time, is little known and even less acted upon.

Michael Kravshik offers a good, recent example of how the media, including those most expected to be objective, habitually, perhaps instinctively, distort and thus minimize the situation.  Excerpts from his article, which is well worth a full read, follow:

This most recent example comes courtesy of both Foreign Policy Magazine and the Associated Press, two sources that are expected to uphold objective integrity when reporting on straight facts. Foreign Policy Magazine’s opinion pieces are exceptions to this rule, but this example comes not from an op-ed, but from its “Morning Brief” which is intended to report on facts, not opinion…  [O]n March 1, 2013 I was greeted with the following: “Muslim-Chritian fighting has reportedly broken out in a town in Southern Egypt.” [Note: spelling error on the word Christian from original source.]

Following the link to the AP report that this headline was sourced from leads to an article entitled, “Christian-Muslim tension flares in southern Egypt.” The actual facts of the situation are presented quite clearly in the first paragraph:

“Dozens of Muslim residents threw firebombs and rocks at police on Friday as they tried to storm a church in southern Egypt in search of a woman suspected of converting to Christianity, security officials said.” You can find more specifics in the body of the article.

The report refers to the event in a number of ways:

1)   “Christian-Muslim tension flares…” (in the title)

2)   “Clashes between Copts and Muslims…”

3)   “Violence between Egypt’s Christians and Muslims…”

4)   “The fighting…”

Tensions, clashes, violence and fighting. By reading the actual details of the event, it is clear that none of these phrases adequately describe what is quite obviously an assault on a besieged Egyptian minority. All of these phrases—especially clashes, and fighting—including the Foreign Policy headline imply the culpability of both parties, which in this case is far from the truth. Regardless of whether the intention to deceive exists, deception has certainly occurred; especially if a reader decided to take Foreign Policy’s brief at its word without looking into the details (something everyone is guilty of from time to time). The phrasing used leaves readers with a thoroughly false perception of the actual events. Whether by intentional deception or just plain old poor reporting, the damage has been done.

Thus the power of subtlety; something not limited to the case of Coptic Christians. Intentional or not in this case, in other cases it certainly has been. Either way, the authors have betrayed the integrity and trust that readers have placed in them. As consumers of information, we must always be cognizant of the power of words like these and the ease with which we can all be fooled by them. We must always do our best to use our common sense, and the sparse details we can get our hands on, to make our own value judgments. Unfortunately, this trend is far too common.

Raymond Ibrahim, a Middle East and Islam specialist, is author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). His writings have appeared in a variety of media, including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst, Middle East Quarterly, World Almanac of Islamism, and Chronicle of Higher Education; he has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, PBS, Reuters, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Blaze TV, and CBN. Ibrahim regularly speaks publicly, briefs governmental agencies, provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and testifies before Congress. He is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center; Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow, Middle East Forum; and a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, 2013. Ibrahim’s dual-background -- born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East -- has provided him with unique advantages, from equal fluency in English and Arabic, to an equal understanding of the Western and Middle Eastern mindsets, positioning him to explain the latter to the former.

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This is an illustration of the cravenness of the media. Corrupt and rotting from the remains of the head down. Not a fan.

At "Legal Insurrection" blog saw photo of an apropos bumper sticker:

"What have journalists chosen NOT to tell us today?"
1 year ago
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The MSM's description of these events is like describing rape as a man and a woman clashing; or saying violence erupted between a man and a woman. The MSM: lying liars and the lies they lie.
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If the Copts are not going to pay the tax, they must be attacked. So sayith Muhammad, so sayith the rest of the moon god worshipers.

Plus, as long as it is Christians, and Jews being attacked, the world system loves it. The world system loves it's own, and Islam is of the world.
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My favorite, from a few years ago, was when that Swiss couple renewed their marriage vows on the island paradise of the Maldives, and the guy conducting the ceremony berated them in his native language (which the couple didn't understand) asserting that the woman was a prostitute and they would have deformed children, etc. HuffPo etc. ran multiple articles that recounted the whole incident without ever once telling you that the guy conducting the ceremony *had* to be Muslim, because in the Maldives all other religions are illegal, and the penalty for belonging to one while a citizen is *death*. But we wouldn't want to prejudice people's opinion of Muslims by recounting a few isolated incidents, involving whole countries...
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Nothing's obvious in Egypt. For some years Christians have been saying the large clothing chain El Tawhid & El Nour not only didn't hire Christians but Christian girls were being raped.

Same thing with the fast food chain Mo'men - no Christians hired. One was set on fire a few days ago in downtown Cairo, supposedly because it's Muslim Brotherhood owned.

Egypt thrives on rumors and clashes come out of nowhere and the most popular source of clashes are the woman kidnapped, forced to convert. Who really knows what the hell these morons are up to?

The bottom line is that minority doesn't equal morality. We've been being sold that politically correct garbage for years by black activists in the U.S. They tell us racism and bigotry can only really exist from a majority. That's like saying only big people hate.
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