April 8, 2010, - 1:56 pm
There’s a new low in the blatant bias of mainstream media “journalism.” ABC News is now employing CAIR officials to “report” on CAIR stories for the network. Maybe the letters stand for All Bow to CAIR . . . or All Bow to the Crescent.
Sharaf Mowjood: ABC News Reporter on CAIR Story is Former CAIR Official
Do you think ABC News will hire members of the Mossad hit team to report on the assassination of terrorist Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh a/k/a “Abu Abed” in Dubai? Do you think members of the Religious Zionists of America will get ABC News jobs as reporters on Israel? Do you think the local Cardinal will get to report ABC’s stories on the priests and abuse? (Not that any of these groups are dishonest to the point of extreme evil and danger like CAIR is. The exact opposite. But you get the point.)
Not a chance. But, hey, none of ’em are Muslim.
And this interest of journalistic “objectivity” and “impartiality”–if it ever existed at ABC News–fell by the wayside when the alphabet broadcast network hired Sharaf Mowjood, a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) official, as an ABC News reporter. And it fell even farther when ABC News assigned or allowed Mowjood to “report” on a CAIR-manufactured story: the FBI shooting death of a Muslim imam, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, during an FBI raid after the FBI entrapped Abdullah and members of his mosque into a stolen merchandise ring. Abdullah pulled a gun on FBI agents, who had every legitimate reason to respond and defend themselves, including shooting him (or they’d be the ones shot). CAIR is heavily involved in the controversy, alleging that the FBI somehow set out to murder him from the get-go and that they had their dog bite him first. But there’s absolutely no evidence of that and a ton of evidence–and witnesses–to the contrary.
Regardless, how can a guy who just left CAIR’s employ be expected to impartially report on the story? It’s simply absurd. Boggles the mind.
The story has been a CAIR cause celebre in Michigan and from the CAIR national office, with Michigan CAIR chief, Dawud Walid a/k/a Delano Anthony Willis, Jr. (who has a criminal record), whining about it repeatedly to anyone in the media who will listen. Moreover, CAIR arranged press conferences and hired Muslim charlatan lawyer Nabih Ayad to represent Abdullah’s alien widow to try to keep her from being deported. CAIR has been at the forefront of demanding to see Abdullah’s autopsy and associated police reports.
It’s completely absurd and ridiculous for a CAIR official to serve as an “ABC News reporter” on this story. It would never happen with any other topic. And ABC–nowhere on its site nor anywhere in the story tells us about Mowjood’s role at CAIR, so I will.
Sharaf Mowjood, a devout and militant Muslim (redundant), was the “Government Relations Coordinator” for CAIR Los Angeles. He makes no secret of it. It’s on his bio and on multiple websites in which he identifies and describes himself.
He is also the former Government Relations Coordinator for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Greater Los Angeles. At CAIR, Mowjood organized and participated in the Get Out the Vote Campaigns, candidate and town hall forums, and Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. He also met with elected officials from the city to the federal level, organizes workshops on voter and civic empowerment, and encouraged youth engagement with local mosque youth groups.
I can’t blame him for having zero ethics to suggest to his new bosses at ABC News that maybe he’s not the right choice for the story and that he does have this recent past on the payroll of CAIR. I expect that. He’s from CAIR. Dishonesty and zero ethics is who they are, what they do. They’re salivating at the future propaganda he can do for them on the inside of ABC News, assigned to stories in which they’ve staked a major claim.
But I do blame ABC News. Mowjood’s background, like I said, is well known. It’s not a secret. But ABC News doesn’t seem to notice or care. It’s poor journalism on their part, zero responsibility. And you have to wonder how many other ABC News reporters recently took money from and were on the payrolls of those they cover. I’m not just talking “former” Democrat operatives who worked at the Obama White House. That stuff is known.
The stuff on Mowjood is not known. And those who read the ABC News story won’t realize who he is and how he’s the most unsuitable person to report on the story for a major news organization. Just like, for decades, few knew that blatantly anti-Israel ABC News reporter and anchor Peter Jennings was sleeping with Palestinian activist and Arafat aide Hanan Ashrawi.
I wish I could say ABC News was once a respected, terrific news organization that has now lost its way. But, in fact, it never was a respected or terrrific news organization. It never found its way in the first place.
Unless its way is to allow Muslim employees of CAIR to be ABC News reporters on CAIR. And that apparently is ABC News’ way.
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