Tuesday, November 15, 2005

We Must Strive Harder to Brainwash The Infidels That Islam Is GREAT!

Honestly, the denial is unbelievable. Now, the great MSM meeting in Amsterdam has reached a consensus: the Media is not doing enough to portray Islam is a beautiful religion. How persverse the MSM has become. Orweillian in reverse. No one is forcing them to do this, they CHOOSE to deceive the infidels.

Extremists hijack Islam's image
By Peter Feuilherade
BBC Monitoring, in Amsterdam



Western media were criticised for giving more airtime to extremists
The West's image of Islam has been hijacked by extremists, delegates at the recent News Xchange broadcasting conference in Amsterdam heard.
Debate was prompted by the results of a Kuwaiti government survey that found the depiction of Muslims in the US and European media was "typically stereotypical and negative".

Several speakers concluded that the role of the media should be to understand and illustrate the complexity of the Islamic world, rather than dealing in such generalisations.

'Widespread ignorance'

The session began with Chris Yalonis of Communique Partners presenting the findings of a new international survey, "Western perceptions about Islam and Muslims", which he carried out on behalf of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Awqaf (Endowments) and Islamic Affairs.

Things are being done in the name of religion, but it's not good enough for the media to describe them simply as Islamic

Phil Harding, BBC World Service

He said there was a paradox between the perception by many Europeans of their Muslim neighbours and colleagues as "good people", while Muslims they see on television are often depicted as "terrorists".

Between March and August 2005 the survey team carried out more than 2,400 online interviews in Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the US. Their findings included:


Muslims rated lowest in overall favourability among various religious groups.

Ignorance of and lack of empathy with Islam is widespread.

The portrayal of Arabs and Muslims varies according to the type of media, "but it is typically stereotypical and negative, although improving especially in certain prestigious news organisations".

TV documentaries and news are the most influential media in influencing feelings about Arab Muslims, followed by newspapers.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents believe that the media depicts Arab Muslims and Islam accurately only half the time, not often or never.
Trevor Mostyn, an analyst of European media interviewed by the survey team, said: "Television loves the image of the ugly, ferocious blood-curdling Muslims."

Articulate, "mainstream" Muslims are rarely seen on TV in Britain, Mostyn asserted.

Heated debate

The News Xchange session on "Reporting Islam" saw a passionate debate during which some Arab journalists complained that Muslims were frequently demonised in the Western media, while many European broadcasters stressed the need to avoid using inflammatory terms and to give airtime to moderate voices as well as extremists.


The World Trade Centre attack had a major impact on Islam's image

Abdul Bari Atwan, editor of the London-based paper al-Quds al-Arabi, complained of the West's coverage of the Muslim world, saying that when radical groups "hijacked" Islam, Western media simplistically depicted this as "Muslim terrorism".

He added: "Whatever we do, we are still rejected by the West... As a Muslim in Europe, which is supposed to be the continent of human rights, I am really frightened." [You should be worried. The veil is coming down.]Wadah Khanfar, managing director of al-Jazeera, said many media and correspondents failed to differentiate between the Muslim religion and cultural tradition. He too agreed: "We should abandon simplistic coverage."

Feelings ran high when Ayan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born Dutch MP whose criticism of Islam sent her into hiding after the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, spoke.

She accused Arab journalists of seeing all problems as caused by some outside force, and said they should engage in more self-reflection.

Her remarks that "there is a total lack of freedom in the Arab and Islamic world", as well as "a lack of equality for and a culture of violence towards women", provoked angry denials and denunciations from many Arab and other journalists in the hall.

"Things are being done in the name of religion, but it's not good enough for the media to describe them simply as Islamic," concluded Phil Harding of BBC World Service, summing up what emerged as the majority consensus after a very heated discussion.

9 comments:

dag said...

It makes me think that journalists are mid-level intellectuals at best, few bothering to do graduate work in anything serious, very few going on to post-grad., and almost none doing post-doc. work. I think most journalists are near the bottom to the intellectual barrel as public intellectuals, and that leads me to think that's why our media are saturated with Left dhimmi idiots prating on about the cliches of the Left fasscists, the fools they had as students at whatever community college while they studied sociology or anthropology or cultural studies or what have you.

My last job was lecturing at a local university. Get this: My boss was finishing her Ph.D. in "Health Studies" and she did her thisis on the benefits of kale. This was not a lab science study. She read reports and talked to vegetarians.

She called me in to her office and asked for my lecture notes on Plato's "Parable of the Cave." I thought she wanted to check my work. Was I wrong? Yes. She said, a week later, how interesting it was, and that she'd heard of it but wanted to know a bit more, so she'd read my notes.

Then she made some inane comments. (Yes that was mean.)

My point is that our media "personalities are under-educated idiots telling us what they think they know because everybody who's anybody knows what they know, and these professional and lauded journalists are paid to tell it like it is.

We have pompous half-wits informing the busy world of working people about the world they're too busy to learn about first-hand. The ambiguity? Yes, everybody's too busy, working people and journalists too.

Thank God for the Internet.

ChazMarteL732 said...

"... few bothering to do graduate work in anything serious, very few going on to post-grad., and almost none doing post-doc. work."
-- posted by dag

You assume that hanging out in classrooms is somehow a good thing.

Here in the States, at least, academe is the major culprit in stupefying elite and prole alike, dumbing them down and making them ripe for the plucking by Moslem Man.

Columbia, Harvard, USC, Michigan... the list of dhimmi American colleges is a long and sad one.

ChazMarteL732 said...

"... few bothering to do graduate work in anything serious, very few going on to post-grad., and almost none doing post-doc. work."
-- posted by dag

You assume that hanging out in classrooms is somehow a good thing.

Here in the States, at least, academe is the major culprit in stupefying elite and prole alike, dumbing them down and making them ripe for the plucking by Moslem Man.

Columbia, Harvard, USC, Michigan... the list of dhimmi American colleges is a long and sad one.

ChazMarteL732 said...

"... few bothering to do graduate work in anything serious, very few going on to post-grad., and almost none doing post-doc. work."
-- posted by dag

You assume that hanging out in classrooms is somehow a good thing.

Here in the States, at least, academe is the major culprit in stupefying elite and prole alike, dumbing them down and making them ripe for the plucking by Moslem Man.

Columbia, Harvard, USC, Michigan... the list of dhimmi American colleges is a long and sad one.

dag said...

Hi Chaz,

Yes, I do value a formal education, and the more the better. What I don't value, and this is something I think we feel the same about, is a formal indoctrination that excludes all the canon of the West's intellectual heritage in favor of irrationalist p.c. bubbles about, for example, the benefits of kale.

Let's not throw out the good with the bad. In fact, let's try to redeem the academy for intellectuals and philosophers. Ohterwise we end up with a vacuum filled with ideologues.

To add to my observations above, I came across a piece in my mail box this morning that states nicely what I only grasped at. Below is a bit of copy from techcentral on Mapes, a t.v. hack who is probably typical of the half-educated psuedo-intellectual ideologue we are both on about. The writer states of Mapes book reviewed by others:

I am tempted to rely simply on the same Blogosphereans to refute the book. For example, "Pardon My English" dismisses it as "hilarious" and zeroes in on a publicity-tour interview on Fox News, in which Mapes refused to answer a straight-forward question from Bill O'Reilly on her own political ideology -- how hard can it be to answer such basic questions as, "Are you a liberal?" and "Do you vote Democratic?" Mapes may have dodged honest answers to those questions on Fox last week, but her own father provided his answer last year, when he told The Washington Post that his daughter went into journalism "with an ax to grind, that is, to promote feminism -- and radical feminism, I might say -- and liberalism."

However, lest Mapes ever seek to make a comeback -- she obviously still has friends in the MSM -- we should be mindful of just what sort of person she is, and what sort of attitudes she holds. And so we have to give Mapes the last word, for us to remember her by.


In the Vanity Fair excerpt, Mapes takes us inside her thinking -- too inside. She tells us that she and "Dan" shared a little acronym "F-E-A," which summed up their feelings toward outsiders. And what does "F-E-A" stand for? Why, "F--- 'Em All." That's what Mapes thinks of the rest of us, and that spirit has obviously guided her during her reportorial career.

http://www.techcentralstation.com/111505B.html

Yes, turning out cretins like the one Mapes appears to be is bad for all, better that she were left in some peasant's kitchen to step on her brood of brats; but universities are not bad in and of themsleves, and it's up to us as citizens and students, whether we attend formal classes or not, to force a change toward intellectual honesty on our culture.

I look at Robert Spencer, for example, as the prime figure in our time of an honest intellectual. He does not have a Ph.D., and there's no reason for him to grovel before a commuity of Left dhimmi fascists to get one. There is a need for the likes of us to withold funding from universities until they come to the light of truth again, not necessarily what we want to hear but truth itself. Spencer, for example agian, doesn't always tell me what I like to hear, but his honesty is laudable simply because he is honest. There is room and amply so for honest men in the academy-- if we make it so by ridding it of the ideologues and sophists.

John Sobieski said...

Dag, I caught Mapes on O'Reilly and could not believe it when she did not want to admit her political leanings. Why? You have no job. Tell it like it is, at least how you like it or don't like it. So strange. She looked frazzled too. Too many perms and bleach jobs and weird pancake makeup made her look frantic and very defensive.

Regarding our universities, I never paid any attention to the political and foreign studies areas. They were always the 'snobs.' Now they are the foolish and gullible snobs.

I also agree about donating to any university. You may be supporting terrorists on the staff spreading propaganda. If anybody mentions giving money, I point this out pronto.

dag said...

Re, money to the universities: I go completely frantic when I hear of or see people giving money to their churches, particularly the Presbyterians. I'm not really the Right-wing religious bigot many people claim I am, partly due to being an atheist, party due to being a commited Humanist, and partly due to being totally commited to Socratic elechus and aporia, but I find myslef sickened by the Christian dhimmi fascists who throw money at their churches so they can support Islamic terrorism against--Christians!

I don't care is people are Christians or anything else, but I do care about innocent civilians being murdered by ideologs and fanatics for the sake of some so-called higher purpose, and then I go starkers when it turns out to be fincance by as supported by its very victims. the Presbyeters and the Anglican come to mind straight away as those who pay the "Palestinians," for example, to kill Jews and Christians and Buddhists civilians. And then those rotting slime bags have the nerve to call me a bigot! I think God created lamp posts to hang Presbyters from, and therefore it's a sin not to use them for such purposes.

I'm not particularly violent by nature, not a brawler in pubs, not a woman beater or a child spanker or a dog kicker, but neither does that make me a pacisfist or a coward. By God, when I see an act of outrage I step in to stop it. I can't stand the sight of nasty and smug little shits like the Presbyters in the West throwing money at killers. I don't take it lightly when the smug and sacntimonious dhimmi poseurs in American churches sing folk songs and glow in the dark over the romance of terrorists who murder my friends. I'm not having it, and if scum idiots in the suburbs hang for their sins, good, it will turn me into a believer.

And then on to the universities. By God, I'd wreck more churches than the Muslims would ever have the courage to destroy. What a lot of filthy bastards are those Presbyterians.

I have some hints from those around me here that there are different kinds of Presbyterians, that not all are of the PCUSA, but I'm not familiar with them. If there are non-murderous Presbyterians, then show me. Break away and found real churches. And so it must be with universities, I think, that we have to split away and found our own.

One thing to be said for individualsim is that they can work together to make something work. The communitarians can't do a damned thing on their own. Plato started his own Academy. Much as I hate him as a philosopher I'd rather go to a privately run university than to a public idiot dhimmi factory to suffer the shite they shovel. No churches, no universities, no government unless they are of, for, and by the people.

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