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The ABC story was linked to a Primetime broadcast in which an actor posed as a bakery shop worker who berated a Muslim customer wearing a hijab with intense bigotry. The stunt was a test to see how other customers would react. A majority did nothing. But it is worth noting that of those who did react, 13 spoke in defense of the young woman, with some even walking out of the store in disgust, while six praised the bigoted baker.
The issue is not the sociological experiment, but the network’s sanitizing and parroting of a radical Islamist organization’s misleading statements. In the past year, the U.S. Justice Department tabbed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas funding case; described it as “affiliated with Hamas’ in a related filing; and, in December asserted “CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists.”
Only ABC can explain why it ignored these facts in buying into propaganda from a Hamas front group.
As for network’s line about the Muslim organizations signing a letter against terrorism and sending it to President Bush, some of these groups, CAIR especially, have a long history of issuing abstract “anti-terrorism” statements that are laughable on their face, making no efforts to condemn any terrorist groups by name, let alone withdrawing their past and frequent apologia for designated terrorist groups such as Hizballah and Hamas.
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