Media Responsible for Negative Image of Islamic faith

The western media has been accused of contributing to a widely held perception of Islam as being associated with terrorism and extremist beliefs.

A new report published by a Californian market research company on behalf of the Kuwaiti government found the US and European media were in part responsible for 32 per cent of people in the US and western Europe holding unfavourable opinions of Islam.

Can't think why that could be. I'm mean it was the Jews that did 7/7 and 9/11 et al ad infitem after all...

Akbar Ahmed, chairman of Islamic Studies at the American University in Washington, said: "It is tragic. Western media powers are global giants that reach millions of people around the world, they can move civilisation in one direction or another, but they have abdicated a huge responsibility and simply added fuel to the fire."

Yeh Zionist bastards! How dare the media actually report on artrocities being committed in the name of Islam!

The editor of London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Abdul Bari Atwan, said Muslims were the victims of generalisations in the media: "Islam should not be looked at as a monolith religion. Journalists should dive into individual stories to offer separate views of the faith."

Defending coverage of the Islamic faith and culture, Samira Kawar, senior producer of Reuters' Middle East Reports, said she had grown up in the Middle East and that the programmes she makes depict the diverse facets of life in the Arab world.

Like Stonings, Beheadings, you know, real, JUSTICE! Shari'a Justice! Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar!

Nick Wrenn, CNN managing editor of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said that CNN also produced an in-depth, fair and balanced picture of the Middle East and Islam.

The presence of Ayaan Hirschi Ali, author of controversial Dutch film, Submission, whose director Theo Van Gogh was murdered in Amsterdam last year, took the discussion away from media coverage of Islam and onto wider issues of the treatment of women and the level of self reflection within the religion.

Hirschi was accused by Muslim women in the audience of associating Islam with domestic violence and committing "cultural Bin Ladenism" with her film.

What bitch. How dare she insult the qu'ran! It mandates woman = 1 half of a man! Get cooking - or I will beat you (also mandated by noble Qu'ran)

Head of newsgathering at the BBC, Fran Unsworth, said that the audience should be supporting Hirschi's right to freedom of expression, particularly taking into account that it was a broadcast news conference.

Tariq Ramadan, a French academic, was applauded when he called for the media to be more self critical: "We need to avoid showing purely simplistic images of Islam, we need to show the complexity of the religion. Some Muslims are doing things that are wrong, but it is not Islam that is wrong."

Tariq Ramadan = fucking prick. Sorry if you was expecting some nuanced critique! He's the smooth face of Shar'ia! Google him.

Original joint dhimmi-Islamist fest here.

4 Responses to “Media Responsible for Negative Image of Islamic faith”

  1. # Blogger Pastorius

    I don't know that it's possible to critique Islam in a nuanced manner. It's rather like being nuanced about a hand grenade.

    Pull pin. It blows up.

    Could you be a little more nuanced?

    Ok, if you're standing near it when it blows up, you're body will be torn into a thousand subtle shreds of flesh, blood and bone. Portions of your body which have never before seen the light of day will be revealed in all their technicolor glory. etc. etc. etc.

    How's that for nuance?  

  2. # Blogger jonz

    LOL. Quite.  

  3. # Anonymous Guvnor

    good stuff as usual on here. im always amused by how the media get the blame for giving muslims a bad name while people forget that there are people blowing people up in the name of islam, not exactly good pr now is it.  

  4. # Blogger jonz

    It just take the piss it really does. Acccusing the 'media' of negatively portraying Islam. It's beyond beggars belief really. Especially considering all those left wing rags like the Guardian, The Indpendent, New York Time etc with constantly sympathetic views on the Islamism...

    And you know what? Nobody in the MSM, says "Hang on, a minute, that's a load of crap!" - but you bet your life they would if they was American or Irish or anything but what they are.  

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