September 11, 2006, - 4:03 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by ABC “Good Morning America” producer Mabel Chan for a story she was producing for this past Saturday’s pre-9/11 “GMA.”
The topic was supposed to be 9/11, five years later, and how America’s Muslims are faring. Chan and I spoke on the phone, and she told me she’d be interviewing the TracFone suspects from Dearborn, Ali Houssaiky and Osama Sabhi Abulhassan. She told me of the absurd thesis of the story–that Muslims are the victims of 9/11, five years later. And the story which aired did not disappoint.
Ms. Chan, reporter Ron Claiborne, and ABC News did disappoint, however. While they told their sob story, they missed the real story–that since 9/11 America’s Muslims have been empowered and favored over all other religionists, like never before. I told this to Ms. Chan and gave a lot of examples.
She asked me to send her links to my articles on the topic, and I spent a great deal of time doing that. Then, she complained that she couldn’t access my website, that the articles were too long, that she wanted me to cut and paste articles, that she didn’t understand articles–every excuse you’d hear from a lazy moron, but not a legitimate producer who wanted to put together a good report for a major national network morning news show.
She was completely clueless about the most basic things. And that should tell you something about GMA. I told her how the top federal law enforcement officials in Detroit meet monthly with Muslim extremists who openly support terrorist groups. She asked why that is wrong. I asked her if it would be okay of mob officials got such regular meetings. She didn’t know what “the mob” was. She’d never heard of it. No lie.
When I explained it to her, she got frustrated and decided she didn’t want to interview me for the story, giving me a million excuses, including that she had a sudden medical problem. She promised she’d get an opposing view for this sob story. But she never did. Throughout the 5 minute, 20-second report–very long for TV news–there is not a single opposing viewpoint to the BS, but plenty of apologists for Islamofascism, like Jim Zogby (head of the Arab American Institute) and pan-Islamist academic, John Esposito (of Georgetown University).
The entire story–by reported Ron Claiborne–is transcribed here. The video is here. As you can see for this set-up, they found the most clueless-sounding, intolerant-appearing Americans, with the most prejudiced-sounding clips they could provide of “ugly, bigoted Americans” as the foil for the Muslims. This explains why she couldn’t have me on. I was too reasonable.
The fact is that Islamophobia is a concept creation by terror supporters to avoid addressing the problem: their religion fosters and supports terrorists. What Americans are justly afraid of is supporters of this religion’s extremism and fascism, which would impose their lifestyle on us. They are afraid of the terrorist groups supported by those same religious fanatics, all of whom just so happen to be Muslim.
The story quotes and portrays extremist Osama Siblani, editor and publisher of the Arab American News as some sort of loyal American and patriot. But he is an open supporter of HAMAS and Hezbollah. He was identified as a Hezbollah agent by a Kuwaiti newspaper. This is a loyal American? No. Loyal Americans don’t defend groups that blow up 300 plus U.S. Marines and civilians. They don’t support and defend America’s enemies.
The story also sobs over Houssaiky and Abulhassan, the TracFone buyers who lied to police and obstructed justice. The lie is not mentioned. But Abulhassan is quoted as saying that he told the police he did nothing wrong. Actually, Abulhassan told Washington County, Ohio sheriffs the exact opposite–that he knew what he did was wrong and that he knew there could be no legitimate purpose for buying that many cellphones.
But don’t count on ABC to tell you that. Don’t count on ABC to tell you that Abulhassan’s and Houssaiky’s investigation is continuing, and that last week, a grand jury hearing was held (details here and here). Or that they will have to plead guilty to lying to police, an open and shut case. Nope, ABC pretended their slate was wiped clean.
Just like the ABC whitewash of Islamic extremists, 5 years after 9/11. Good Morning America? More like Good Morning IslAmerica.
There is a phobia that’s loud and clear here. And it’s not a fear of Islam. It’s a fear of telling the truth about its extremists here in America.
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