Accuracy in Media

Washington Post staffers cowered in the main lobby of their Washington, D.C. headquarters on Thursday as hundreds of Egyptian-American protesters chanted outside, in response to a protest leader with a bullhorn, that “The Washington Post is lying” and “The Washington Post [is] Supporting Terrorists.”

“A large group of Egyptian protesters rallied in front of The Washington Post offices on Thursday afternoon, registering their support for military leader Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sissi and their opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood,” reported the Post. In fact, these were Egyptian-Americans, and the reason they were at the Post could be ascertained in their chants. They did support el-Sissi but also were disgusted by the paper’s failure to accurately cover events in Egypt, and to fix the blame for the attacks on Christian churches on the Muslim Brotherhood.

I covered and captured the protests in videos here and here. The Post reported that its main lobby “was shut down and no one was allowed in or out during the approximately half-hour that the protesters peacefully chanted and waved signs.” There was no need for this overreaction, as the demonstrators were indeed peaceful.

The Post couldn’t help reporting on a protest outside its own headquarters. But I also captured the demonstration, which moved from the White House to the offices of the paper. These were families, some with children. Many of the signs were directed in protest of President Obama’s support of Muslim Brotherhood terrorism. One said, “Obama STOP Supporting Murders of Muslim Brotherhood.” Another proclaimed, “We all call on our U.S. Government to stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.”

Several signs referred to al Qaeda as the military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. One noted that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Another sign had Al Jazeera’s logo with a black mark through it. The Muslim Brotherhood TV channel is under investigation in Egypt and may be permanently banned, while being welcomed here in the United States under the name “Al Jazeera America.”

The reason for protesting the Post was apparent based on the front page of the paper on Wednesday, August 21, where Abigail Hauslohner, the Post bureau chief in Cairo, wrote a story which obscured the facts about those responsible for anti-Christian terrorism.

Hauslohner featured a quotation from an anonymous “high-ranking Western official who was not authorized to speak on the record” as saying, “We have seen zero indication that the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization is organizing these attacks.” The official claimed “the blame more likely rested with Islamist vigilantes rather than Brotherhood members acting on orders.”

But further down in the same article she reported that the “evidence of anti-Christian attacks” included  a Jesuit school in the provincial capital, also called Minya, where vandals had scrawled “Egypt is Islamic” on the gate. She also admitted that the Mar Mina church, “near a Brotherhood rallying point,” had been emblazoned with the word “Islamic.’’

The Post reporter also acknowledged that “Some witnesses said attackers had chanted against military rule, and one man said the group he saw attack a church had worn green headbands marked by the Muslim Brotherhood’s crossed-swords insignia.”

Still, the Post featured the anonymous quotation to get the Muslim Brotherhood off the hook for the anti-Christian violence.

According to the group Coptic Solidarity, there is no question about the perpetrators of the violence. “Since August 14, 2013, the militias of the Muslim Brotherhood and their Jihadist allies waged unsolicited attacks killing over 90 police officers and security personnel and hundreds of innocent Egyptians,” the group points out. “In unprecedented violence in Egypt’s modern history, Islamists set ablaze 68 churches, monasteries, schools, orphanages and other Christian institutions and scores of Copt-owned houses and businesses. They burned museums, courts, police centers and other public institutions.

The clear objective of the Brotherhood, dubbed by some Western media as having ‘renounced violence for a long time,’ is to drive Egypt into chaos and civil war.”

A separate Post article about the protests outside its own headquarters quoted Kristine M. Coratti, a spokeswoman for the Post, as defending the newspaper’s stories: “Our coverage of events in Egypt has been comprehensive, incorporating all perspectives, and it has been fair, accurate and honest.”

Earlier in the day, at the National Press Club, a group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian-Americans for Democracy and Human Rights, claimed the new interim government in Egypt was burning and attacking Christian churches “to instigate sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians in Egypt.” Ahmed Bedier, former chief of the Tampa chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim-Brotherhood affiliate, was the main speaker at this event. Other speakers included Mahdi Bray of the American Muslim Alliance and Safei-Eldin Hamed, a professor at Chatham University.

In a press release, the organization said, “It is obvious that in their futile attempt to paint the Muslim Brotherhood as a violent and terrorist organization, the government does not spare any immoral and inhumane action to achieve its goal, including the killing of its own citizens, the burning of dead bodies and lying about the reasons for death in their death certificates.”

But later in the day, at a news conference called by opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood, those claims were quickly dismissed. Maged Riad, legal counsel for the Coptic Christian Church in the United States, said the charge that the government was attacking Christian churches is “so ridiculous that it’s almost laughable.” He said the Islamists actually had maps of churches and other groups they wanted to attack, that a ten-year-old Christian girl was shot and killed as she walked home from a Bible class, and that Egyptian police officers killed in one assault were beheaded. Riad said the group is also targeting Americans for death.

Another speaker, Tawfik Hamid, said Muslim Brotherhood leaders had been videotaped threatening Christians about what would happen if Mohamed Morsi was overthrown. “They threatened and warned the Christians for supporting the military or for asking for the removal of Morsi,” he said. He also said the attacks on Christian churches in Egypt have to be seen as part of a global pattern of violence by Islamists. “We are not talking about something here outside the pattern,” he said. “It’s exactly the same pattern.”

Dr. Samia Harris, another speaker, called the Muslim Brotherhood an “international cult of a criminal nature” with the “ambition to control the world.”




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Comments

  • Martin Scorcese

    A typical Lamestream Media functionary of this less than Patriotic Lame-Duck Administration.

  • cmdorsey

    KUDOS TO THOSE PEOPLE!! THANK YOU!!! It’s about time these bottom feeders get a taste of what they have produced. A media that is lower than a snake’s belly!! GOOD JOB EGYPTIAN AMERICANS!!!!!! WE STAND WITH YOU!!!

  • Vânia Luz

    Regrettable

  • Julie

    I’m afraid I have to agree with the Egyptian Americans on this one. The Muslim Brotherhood is a radical far leftist, religious (Shiite), terroristic organization, backed by Islamic/Muslim countries that want to control the world by sharia law, and death to all infidels, including Sunnis Muslims. They are allied with Iran, and some, but not all of our politicians, and others whom call themselves American, but are not.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    And now for the Ten Plagues !!! World events even seem artificially revolved in propaganda.

    Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
    John F. Kennedy

  • NERDWORLD PROBLEMS

    Real journalists, or people trying to be real journalists, aren’t supposed to report what the general population claim to know, but can actually be proven. They reported exactly what was proven up to the time of the reporting. Just making stuff up is what is wrong with the lame stream media.

  • gawxxx

    lower than whale shit ! ( that be the media and our government )

  • Richard Hellstrom

    I couldn’t agree more – lol
    Instead of prosecuting the Nazis — the Muslim Brotherhood — the British government hired them.
    What the British did then, they sold the Arab Nazis to the predecessor of what became the CIA
    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/loftus101106.htm

  • Julie

    Richard, that’s were they got Al Quida, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. They couldn’t let people know that the Muslim Brotherhood was behind all the killings in the Middle East, here and abroad. The CIA and British (un) intelligence needed the Brotherhood, so they gave them a fictitious name, Al Quida.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    : ) Here’s a pretty good over view of the relationship. It starts about half way if you think you’d like to watch it. Have a great night !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C-fM7i2GW0k

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez

    How many of the Post’s journalists were stoned, how many beaten, how many raped, how many murdered, and how much of their building was burned down?

    None you say? Oh, I forgot, these weren’t Muslim Egyptians protesting.

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez

    But is it “regrettable” that Egyptian Christians are being beaten, raped, murdered, and their churches and home burned in Egypt?

  • Vânia Luz

    Is regrettable violence against Christians… The violence and bloodshed is regrettable.

  • Julie

    Richard; interesting video. It gives me topics to research. Some of what John Loftus states fits/corroborates things that I’ve already studied. Thank You. I checked out some more of John’s interviews. Here’s another interesting one on youtube; John Loftus: WW11 Unholy Trinity-The Vatican, Nazis & Swiss Banks- Dave Emory 05′
    Douls (sp) head of intelligence during George Bush, Sr. time as the head of the CIA, was a good friend of the Bush family. George Sr. was just as guilty as he was. They were in it together. They both are war criminals.
    This sounds a little odd. John said that the Muslim Brotherhood was a CIA organization out of Saudi Arabia, which I already knew, But what’s odd, until John cleared it up is, Saudi Arabia is a Sunni ran country. Muslim Brotherhood is backed by Iran, a Shiite controlled country. Iran and Saudi Arabia don’t get along. It makes sense that Muslim Brotherhood is not a true Islamic religious organization, but is a radical communist organization. This also explains Obama and some of his cabinet members stance on the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama and some in his cabinet grew up in the communist society. Also Obama’s affiliation with M.B. through his religion, Islam.
    Research “Plum Island” and it’s history. You will find out where a lot of the Nazi scientist, including Mangola (sp), was taken after WW11. The U.S. got 133,000 Nazi scientist. The Nazi scientist were divided up between Russia, U.S. and Briton.
    This is all very interesting.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Cool – Glad you liked the Loftus video ! More ……
    http://www.fpp.co.uk/online/99/06/NSAandGCHQ.html
    The Edwin Black stuff is pretty good too !
    http://waragainsttheweak.com/
    My blogs here ……………
    http://inboxrgh.wordpress.com/category/editorial-journalism/
    Best !

  • bob570

    I think they wasted their time at the Post, after all the Post has a history supporting Tyrants remember the Ayatollah anyone. Plus how would we feel if one of our elected Presidents ripped up our Constitution? We might appreciate our military stepping in.

  • OldmanRick

    Wow, we need more of that. Maybe the MB offices will be closed at the witless house and Valerie Jarrett will be unemployed. Whoops, forgot. Without her the brat can’t function since she is the real power behind the throne and has the job of telling him, Holder, and Kerry when to jump and how high.