Accuracy in Media

From The Mental Recession’s Rusty Weiss:

It defies explanation for a major network to avoid performing a background check on the individuals they interview for their segments. MSNBC however, has done it not once, but twice, in a single article.

In a piece published earlier today by reporter, Kari Huus, two individuals with questionable ties are interviewed in an attempt to show that Muslim-Americans are indeed celebrating bin Laden’s death. While there are plenty of spotlights placed on the backlash against Muslims, requisite accusations of Islamophobia, and even a mention of a ‘war on ignorance,’ the report mentions nothing of the questionable backgrounds of Mohamed Magid and Yasir Qadhi.

Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), states that “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.” And speaking of mass murderers, the ISNA in 2008 admitted in a federal district court in Dallas to having ties with Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Magid goes on to say that “(Bin Laden’s) demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.”  This has to create quite the contradiction for Magid, considering the Muslim Brotherhood has recently taken the opposite route, condemning the killing of bin Laden.

But the real gem here is the inclusion of Yasir Qadhi who claims that “For too long, many of our fellow Americans have stereotyped the entire Muslim community as somehow being extensions of bin Laden.”  The problem with featuring Qadhi in a piece criticizing a terrorist?

Well, for starters, he is — by his own admission — on the U.S. terror watch list, and an instructor at an institution so extreme in its teachings that an anti-terror consultant once dubbed the school ‘Jihad U.’

But that’s just for starters:

  • Qadhi partook in a 16-day conference along with the Underwear Bomber, Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab. This conference, known as an Islamic ‘Knowledge Fest’, was organized by the Al Maghrib Institute, an establishment not exactly known for its mainstream teachings, where Qadhi is the Dean of Academic Affairs. In fact, it had earned the nickname ‘Jihad U’ by anti-terrorism consultant, Patrick Poole, who in 2007 voiced his concern that their Islamic studies program was preaching “messages of religious extremism, racial bigotry and advocacy of jihad and militancy.
  • Holocaust denial always seems to be a favorite of extremists, and Qadhi is no exception. In a 2001 lecture, Yasir Qadhi highly recommends that listeners read books that deny or doubt the existence of the Holocaust, urging them to ‘look up yourself what Hitler really wanted to do.’
  • Qadhi served as a guest speaker at a conference organized by the Islam Channel, who’s Chief Executive Officer was convicted terrorist Mohamed Ali Harrath.
  • Qadhi is an ardent defender of Dr. Ali al-Timimi, convicted of inciting terrorism via the Virginia Jihad Network. The good doctor urged his followers to take up arms against U.S. troops shortly after the 9/11 tragedy.


Rusty can be contacted at The Mental Recession

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