Thursday, April 06, 2006

All the World's a Stage...MSM Most of All

Check out this story I found at Michelle Malkin's (I also heard about this on the radio): Apparently, NBC is soliciting not to "cover the story", but to "make the story". Malkin writes:

A source who monitors political e-mail lists sent me an intriguing message disseminated last week, which involved an apparent Dateline NBC solicitation to Muslim groups.

Here's the e-mail:

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 13:05:54 -0800 (PST)
From: Subject: Looking for Muslim Males to participate in NBC Dateline Segment

[Forwarded]

Salam,

I hope everyone is doing well.

I have been talking with a producer of the NBC Dateline show and he is in the process of filming a piece on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab discrimination in the USA. They are looking for some Muslim male candidates for their show who would be willing to go to non-Muslim gatherings and see if they attract any
discriminatory comments or actions while being filmed.

They recently taped two turbaned Sikh men attending a football game in Arizona to see how people would treat them. They set them up with hidden microphones and cameras, etc.

They want to do the same thing 2 or 3 other times (in various parts of the USA) with one or two Muslim men in each setting. They are looking for men who actually "look Muslim". They want a guy with no foreign accent whatsoever, a good thick beard, an outgoing personality, and someone willing to wear a kufi/skullcap during the filming.

They also want someone who is fairly well accomplished and has contributed to American society at large in some meaningful way.

That said, I'm urgently looking for someone who can be filmed this April 1st weekend at a Nascar event (and other smaller events) in Virginia. NBC is willing to fly in someone and cover their weekend expenses. The filming would take place all day on Saturday and Sunday.

We already have a hijabi sister who will be filmed there but a Muslim is also needed to join her. I also need candidates for the other filming segments which will take place in the following weeks.

A few weeks later, NBC will fly all the filmed participants to New York City to interview them as a group about their experience and thoughts on discrimination they've faced in America, especially in light of the times we live in (war on terror, 9-11, etc.). The show, if approved by NBC (highly likely), is expected to air sometime this summer.

What I need from interested candidates is an email with an attached clear photograph, a resume, and contact information. I also need basic information such as age, ethnic background, accomplishments, etc.

The sooner I can get this the better and please don't make emails too long. I will then submit a group of candidates to NBC so they can choose the people for the show.

Please forward this to all Muslim lists you can. Because of the upcoming filming in Virginia, this is pretty time-sensitive. My contact information is below.

Salam,

Tarek El-Messidi


Isn't there something a wee bit dishonest about fishing around for evidence of anti-Islamic bigotry, like this? Now, if it's simply a matter of conducting a little experiment, where the results are published regardless of outcome, it would not be so devious. But clearly, there is an agenda being driven here, as they are running an agenda story on anti-Muslim/anti-Arab sentiments among Americans (look again at the job description: "They want a guy with no foreign accent whatsoever, a good thick beard, an outgoing personality....They also want someone who is fairly well accomplished and has contributed to American society at large in some meaningful way.").

So what they'll do is fish around....fish around....until finally someone bites; and once they find that one American out of a thousand who "offends" their Muslim-looking race-bait, they'll swarm all over the "racist" Nascar redneck and distort reality to make it appear the rule, rather than the exception. The perception will be that Americans are racist and prejudiced against Americans who look Islamic. Because to report otherwise, is to report a non-story that will garner non-ratings for a soon-to-be Couricless network.

Michelle Malkin also has the update.



The Washington Times has an article today on it.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Excellent find Wordsmith. ...And yes; it's called "baiting" and it's dispicable. Because, as you said, they won't show anything whatsoever about the Americans who do not treat them badly. They will find one person who is really uptight about the situation in this country, and blast it all out of control. They may also be putting their "actors" at risk: some people are really uptight!

Got to run. I have a lot of visiting to do. I won't be posting tonight. Have to work on my other post for tomorrow night.

I want to look further into this whenever I find the time. Time is so precious, you know? It passes way too fast! :)

Thursday, April 06, 2006 5:02:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

This is a great post, WS.

I plan on writing about this, too.

I wonder if this incredibly stupid move by NBC will impact their NASCAR ratings.

Thursday, April 06, 2006 7:03:00 PM  
Blogger Skye said...

Emphasis on the ONE PERSON.

However...

Try reversing this scenario. Place a couple of typical American individuals in your local Madrassas or any moslim gatherings to see if they will attract any discriminatory comments or actions while be filmed.

I'm sure they would find more fireworks in this situation than putting a 'fake muslim' at NASCAR.

Hmmm..I really don't think NBC would approve this idea.

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They will find one person who is really uptight about the situation in this country, and blast it all out of control

Thursday, April 06, 2006 8:17:00 PM  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Despicable!!

Thursday, April 06, 2006 9:38:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Well...it would appear that this story has been picked up by more and more people, including in the mainstream.

Friday, April 07, 2006 9:50:00 AM  

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