Sunday, January 22, 2006
American Media Hoodwinked by CAIR In my prior post...
In my prior post, I highlighted the duplicity being perpetrated on the American public by CAIR. Now, the American Press has swallowed and regurgitated CAIR's lies hook, line, and sinker. Virtually every large media outlet has promoted CAIR's "efforts" to free kidnapped reporter Jill Caroll including, The Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, ABC News, Washington Post, and sadly even Fox News.
Now, I suppose that each one of these outlets has "experienced reporters" who were actually educated in professional schools of journalism. Admittedly, my reporting experience was limited to a couple of specialized "school" newspapers during my long educational career. Still, I managed to acquire the most rudimentary fundamentals of writing a news article.
The five W's - Taught to me in the earliest years of primary school, the Five W's (and H) "Who, What, Where, When & How" are principles on which every news story is created.
That being said, let's look at how they faired. Let's apply the Five W's to the Washington Post article, since it was the most comprehensively written of the ones mentioned.
Who: "Two members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations..."
What, Where, When & How: "...flew to Baghdad Saturday and appealed for the release of American journalist Jill Carroll ..."
WHY: ? Again, I poured over the article trying to find out why the CAIR "representatives" flew to Baghdad. Not a single media outlet seemed to be able to include this vitally important detail in any of their stories.
One doesn't have to do much "investigative reporting" to discover CAIR's rationale. In fact, all I had to do was browse their website and read one of their press releases. CAIR writes, “We, the undersigned representatives of the American Muslim community, call for the immediate and unconditional release of Jill Carroll, a journalist with a well-documented record of objective reporting and respect for both the Iraqi people and Arab-Islamic culture. We ask that her captors show mercy and compassion by releasing her so that she may return to her family. Certainly, no cause can be advanced by harming a person who only sought to let the world know about the human suffering caused by the conflict in Iraq.”
That's it, the Why. CAIR is plying for her release, not because it is their moral obligation to do so, but because, Ms. Caroll has "respect for both the Iraqi people and Arab-Islamic culture," and "...no cause can be advanced by harming a person who only sought to let the world know about the human suffering caused by the conflict in Iraq".
It is ironic that CAIR has been seemingly unable to muster even the most simple statements, let alone sending a "delegation" when other Americans genuinely committed to alleviating the suffering of the Iraqi people such as , Nick Berg, Jack Hensley, and Paul M. Johnson, Jr. were kidnapped and eventually executed in the name of Islam.