In April 2006, I reported on an attempt by NBC News’s Dateline to stage an Islamophobia sting on NASCAR fans.
In November 2007, I called attention to an attempt by ABC News’s Primetime Live to stage a homophobia sting in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Sept. 11 attacks, the Iraq war and suicide bombings worldwide have changed not only the way we live but the way we look at those around us, especially Muslims. “Islamophobia” has entered the American vernacular, and the anti-Muslim attitudes and prejudice it describes remain common.But what if you witnessed “Islamophobia” in action and saw someone being victimized because of someone else’s prejudices? What would you do?ABC’s production crew outfitted The Czech Stop, a bustling roadside bakery north of Waco, Texas, with hidden cameras and two actors. One played a female customer wearing a traditional Muslim head scarf, or hijab. The other acted as a sales clerk who refused to serve her and spouted common anti-Muslim and anti-Arab slurs.The polarity of reactions was shocking, from support to seething disapproval. Never did we expect customers to be so passionate or candid.
Like I’ve said before:
Welcome to Serious Broadcast Journalism: If you can’t find the video you need to fit the P.C. left narrative, hire actors to make it happen.
Time for another round of news sting ideas for the MSM.
I wonder if they would consider sending a professor wearing an “I Love W” button and an American flag pin into the faculty lounge at Harvard or some other liberal ivory tower with a hidden camera. I would love to see that experiment. I can’t imagine anyone at NBC doing that one. Maybe John Stossel at ABC, though?…Perhaps when I get back from deployment, you can follow me around Seattle and see how I get treated wearing my Navy uniform……Why don’t you set up some white guy with hidden cameras, put a George Bush T-Shirt on him and have him walk down a street in Pakistan. Or, better yet, have him walk down a street in Detroit. I’ll just bet you could get a lot of bigoted reactions……* Wear a pro-life t-shirt to a Women’s Studies class.* Wear a Halliburton company polo shirt to the Kos Kidz annual blogmeet.* PUBLISH CARTOONS WITH MOHAMMED IN THEM…
Charles Johnson notes that CAIR’s fingerprints are all over the ABC sting. Hey, ABC News stage managers: How about sending someone undercover at a CAIR office for a month and seeing what bigotry and fraud you turn up?
Oh, and here’s a helpful reminder from IBD: