CNN Partially Rehashes Biased Six-Month-Old 'Islamophobia' Report
Published: 3/10/2011 8:15 PM ET
CNN's Deborah Feyerick performed a cut-and-paste job on Thursday's Newsroom by partially re-running a biased report from September 2010 on the apparent rise of "Islamophobia" in the United States. Just as before, all but one of Feyerick's sound bites during her report came from those who were worried about the supposed "intensifying hostility and rise in hate speech" against Muslims.
Anchor Suzanne Malveaux introduced the correspondent's report, which ran 40 minutes into the 12 pm Eastern hour, by putting it in the context of Rep. Peter King's hearings into the radicalization of American Muslims: "King says his radicalization of Islam hearing is going to help protect America from a terrorist attack. Well, critics, they call it a witch hunt. One of the concerns is that it is going to cause more Americans to fear and hate Muslims. Our Deborah Feyerick reports Islamophobia is on the rise." A chyron echoed Malveaux's last sentence: "Islamophobia on the Rise."
The CNN correspondent's new introduction to her report highlighted footage from a protest in New York City against Rep. King's hearings as she stated that "many American Muslims feel they are once again in the position of having to defend their faith....In just the past year, the Islamic center and mosque to be built near Ground Zero drew fierce opposition, along with a dozen attacks on mosques across the country."
Feyerick then inserted what originally ran during a September 2, 2010 report on American Morning: a series of sound bites from individuals who allege a growing and threatening "Islamophobia," and who also accuse conservatives of persecuting Muslims and using the religion as a "wedge issue":