Well, well, who'd a thunk it? Soros is funding the whitewashed journalism course on Islam. More on islamizing journalism: here "Islam on Main Street" for reporters – and aspiring reporters – covering Muslim communities in America (here), and this back in January: The Society of Professional Journalists: Why We Never Get the Straight Story on Islamic Jihad.
''Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a group of right-wing activists who view themselves as 'anti-Jihadists' have aggressively tried to tie American Muslims to terrorism overseas and in the United States"
Program launched to teach press about Muslim sensitivities blames 'right-wing activists.' (hat tip Brandy)
A new course on Islam designed for journalists tries to minimize the impact and importance of ''jihad'' by comparing it to the number of murders in America each year. That same course claims ''right-wing activists'' tried to tie American Muslims to terrorism and doesn't mention examples of Islamic attacks on press freedom.
That's the way a prominent news organization is teaching journalists in a three-hour online course. The Poynter News University, part of the Poynter Institute, launched the free course ''Covering Islam in America'' to guide the media on their coverage of Muslim communities.
The George Soros-funded Social Science Research Council, which received $50,000 from the Open Society Institute ''For Initiative on HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation,'' is one of the groups behind the initiative, along with the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. That fits with a theme for liberal financier Soros, who has spent more than $52 million on influencing the media. The Islamic course also links to another Soros-funded entity, the well-financed Center for American Progress.
In about 30 pages of text with links to other reports and articles, journalists can go through and read about the history of Islam, Muslims in America, and how to cover stories on Islam. Besides learning basic facts about Muslims and their history, the course adds ways to put ''jihad'' into perspective, attack conservatives, and provide a list of liberal groups that can be contacted for expert advice and quotes.
The pre and post-assessments give a hint as to the nature of the course. One question asked, ''What grievances might sources associated with 'Political Islam' hold against Western journalists?'' The answer is that ''Western journalists are seen as all of the following: ''hostile to Islam,'' ''focus too much on Islamic violence,'' ''viewed as water carriers for Western government agendas,'' and ''thought to be unable to understand Islam unless they embrace Islam.''
Course instructors Lawrence Pintak and Stephen Franklin are both former foreign correspondents. Pintak serves as dean at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, which is a partner of the project. He also has two books on journalism and Islam and defends the biased, activist network Al Jazzera English.
This course is ''A project of The Poynter Institute funded by The Knight Foundation.'' Soros's Open Society Foundations have worked closely with The Knight Foundation. They partnered up to start the Investigative News Network, which received $200,000 from the Knight Foundation and $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations. The Knight Foundations President and CEO, Alberto Ibarguen, is also on the board for AOL and yet another key Soros backed group, the progressive investigative reporting start-up ProPublica.
There is some useful information in the Islamic course for those journalists that did not pay attention in their history classes and are ignorant of Islamic beliefs. However, this does not excuse statements that accuse conservatives of bigotry.
''Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a group of right-wing activists who view themselves as 'anti-Jihadists' have aggressively tried to tie American Muslims to terrorism overseas and in the United States. You can learn more about some of these groups in the following…''
The reports that journalists are told to look at to uncover the ''right-wing activists'' agenda are even more telling. The first is a report from none other than the Soros-funded progressive group Center for American Progress, which received $7.3 million from the Open Society Foundations since the year 2000.
Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, details charitable groups that ''spent almost $43 million financing anti-Muslim campaigns.'' One of the coauthors of the report is the Koch-hating Lee Fang, who writes for Center's left-wing blog Think Progress. Fang continuously goes after the Koch brothers for their contributions to conservatives and Tea Party support.
The other report is by The Tennessean in Nashville titled Anti-Muslim Crusaders Make Millions Spreading Fear. This article details the story of ''activists who have raised millions of dollars after they convinced donors that the nation's Muslim population posed a security threat.''
Another section of the course also encourages journalists to add context to their stories. They note it is important to explain political motives stating ''Politicians do not oppose or support proposed mosques and other Muslim-American projects without taking into account their own interests.''
One of the more offensive statements is that ''context is essential in covering this global story in a way that does not amplify fears of jihad.'' Journalists ''are far more likely to report on jihad-related incidents than other violence' which gives people a ''skewed impression of the prevalence of jihad.''
Read the rest of this bile here.
Religion of Peace has jihad attacks in American here;
|4/14/1972||USA||New York, NY||1||3||Ten members of a local mosque phone in a false alarm and then ambush responding officers, killing one.|
|1/19/1973||USA||Brooklyn, NY||1||1||Muslim extremists rob a sporting goods store for weapons, gunning down a police officer who responds to the alarm.|
|7/1/1973||USA||Bethesda, MD||1||0||An Israeli diplomat is gunned down in his driveway by Palestinian terrorists.|
|7/18/1973||USA||Washington, DC||8||2||Nation of Islam members shoot seven members of a family to death in cold blood, including four children. A defendant in the case is later murdered in prison on orders from Elijah Muhammad.|
|10/19/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||1||Nation of Islam terrorists kidnap a couple and nearly decapitate the man, while raping and leaving the woman for dead.|
|10/29/1973||USA||Berkeley, CA||1||0||A woman is shot repeatedly in the face by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|11/25/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A grocer is killed in his store by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|12/11/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while using a phone booth.|
|12/13/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A woman is shot to deah on the sidewalk by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|12/20/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||Nation of Islam terrorists gun down an 81-year-old janitor.|
|12/22/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||2||0||Nation of Islam terrorist kills two people in separate attacks on the same day.|
|12/24/1973||USA||Oakland, CA||1||0||A man is kidnapped, tortured and decapitated by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|1/24/1974||USA||Oakland, CA||4||1||Five vicious shooting attacks by Nation of Islam terrorists leave three people dead and one paralyzed for life. Three of the victims were women.|
|4/1/1974||USA||Oakland, CA||1||1||A Nation of Islam terrorist shoots at two Salvation Army members, killing a man and injuring a woman.|
|4/16/1974||USA||Ingleside, CA||1||0||A man is killed while helping a friend move by Nation of Islam terrorists.|
|3/9/1977||USA||Washington, DC||1||1||Hanifi Muslims storm three buildings including a B'nai B'rith to hold 134 people hostage. At least two innocents were shot and one died.|
|7/22/1980||USA||Bethesda, MD||1||0||A political dissident is shot and killed in front of his home by an Iranian agent who was an American convert to Islam.|
|8/31/1980||USA||Savou, IL||2||0||An Iranian student guns down his next-door neighbors, a husband and wife.|
|11/6/1989||USA||St. Louis, MO||1||0||A 17-year-old girl is stabbed to death by her parents for bringing 'dishonor' to their family by dating an 'infidel' African-American.|
|1/31/1990||USA||Tuscon, AZ||1||0||A Sunni cleric is assassinated in front of a Tuscon mosque after declaring that two verses of the Qur'an were invalid.|
|11/5/1990||USA||New York City, NY||1||0||An Israeli rabbi is shot to death by a Muslim attacker at a hotel.|
|1/25/1993||USA||Langley, VA||2||3||A Pakistani with Mujahideen ties guns down two CIA agents outside of the headquarters.|
|2/26/1993||USA||New York, NY||6||1040||Islamic terrorists detonate a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers.|
|3/1/1994||USA||Brooklyn, NY||1||0||A Muslim fires on a vanload of Jewish boys, killing one.|
|3/23/1997||USA||New York, NY||1||6||A Palestinian leaves an anti-Jewish suicide note behind and travels to the top of the Empire State building where he shoot seven people in a Fedayeen attack.|
|4/3/1997||USA||Lompoc, CA||1||0||A prison guard is stabbed to death by a radical Muslim.|
|3/17/2000||USA||Atlanta, GA||1||1||A local imam and Muslim spiritual leader guns down a deputy sheriff and injures his partner.|
|9/11/2001||USA||Shanksville, PA||40||0||Forty passengers are killed after Islamic radicals hijack the plane in an attempt to steer it into the U.S. Capitol building.|
|9/11/2001||USA||New York, NY||2752||251||Islamic hijackers steer two planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing thousands when the towers collapsed. At least 200 are seriously injured.|
|9/11/2001||USA||Washington, DC||184||53||Nearly 200 people are killed when Islamic hijackers steer a plane full of people into the Pentagon.|
|3/19/2002||USA||Tuscon, AZ||1||0||A 60-year-old man is gunned down by Muslim snipers on a golf course.|
|5/27/2002||USA||Denton, TX||1||0||Muslim snipers kill a man as he works in his yard.|
|7/4/2002||USA||Los Angeles, CA||2||0||Muslim man pulls out a gun at the counter of an Israeli airline and kills two people.|
|9/5/2002||USA||Clinton, MD||1||0||A 55-year-old pizzaria owner is shot six times in the back by Muslims at close range.|
|9/21/2002||USA||Montgomery, AL||1||1||Muslim snipers shoot two women, killing one.|
|9/23/2002||USA||Baton Rouge, LA||1||0||A Korean mother is shot in the back by Muslim snipers.|
|10/2/2002||USA||Wheaton, MD||1||0||Muslim snipers gun down a program analyst in a store parking lot.|
|10/3/2002||USA||Montgomery County, MD||5||0||Muslim snipers kill three men and two women in separate attacks over a 15-hour period.|
|10/9/2002||USA||Manassas, VA||1||1||A man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas two days after a 13-year-old is wounded by the same team.|
|10/11/2002||USA||Fredericksburg, VA||1||0||Another man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas.|
|10/14/2002||USA||Arlington, VA||1||0||A woman is killed by Muslim snipers in a Home Depot parking lot.|
|10/22/2002||USA||Aspen Hill, MD||1||0||A bus driver is killed by Muslim snipers.|
|8/6/2003||USA||Houston, TX||1||0||After undergoing a religious revival, a Saudi college student slashes the throat of a Jewish student with a 4" butterfly knife, nearly decapitating the young man.|
|12/2/2003||USA||Chicago, IL||1||0||A Muslim doctor deliberately allows a Jewish patient to die from an easily treatable condition.|
|4/13/2004||USA||Raleigh, NC||1||4||A Muslim man runs down five strangers with a car.|
|4/15/2004||USA||Scottsville, NY||1||2||In an honor killing, a Muslim father kills his wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.|
|6/16/2006||USA||Baltimore, MD||1||0||A 62-year-old Jewish moviegoer is shot to death by a Muslim gunman in an unprovoked terror attack.|
|6/25/2006||USA||Denver, CO||1||5||Saying that it was 'Allah's choice', a Muslim shoots four of his co-workers and a police officer.|
|7/28/2006||USA||Seattle, WA||1||5||An 'angry' Muslim-American uses a young girl as hostage to enter a local Jewish center, where he shoots six women, one of whom dies.|
|2/13/2007||USA||Salt Lake City, UT||5||4||A Muslim immigrant goes on a shooting rampage at a mall, targeting people buying Valentine's Day cards at a gift shop and killing five.|
|1/1/2008||USA||Irving, TX||2||0||A Muslim immigrant shoots his two daughters to death on concerns about their 'Western' lifestyle.|
|7/6/2008||USA||Jonesboro, GA||1||0||A devout Muslim strangles his 25-year-old daughter in an honor killing.|
|2/12/2009||USA||Buffalo, NY||1||0||The founder of a Muslim TV station beheads his wife in the hallway for seeking a divorce.|
|6/1/2009||USA||Little Rock, AR||1||1||A Muslim shoots a local soldier to death inside a recruiting center explicitly in the name of Allah.|
|11/2/2009||USA||Glendale, AZ||1||1||A woman dies from injuries suffered when her father runs her down with a car for being too 'Westernized.' (10-20-09)|
|11/5/2009||USA||Ft. Hood, TX||13||31||A Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah.|
|12/4/2009||USA||Binghamton, NY||1||0||A non-Muslim Islamic studies professor is stabbed to death by a Muslim grad student in revenge for 'persecuted' Muslims.|
|4/14/2010||USA||Marquette Park, IL||5||2||After quarrelling with his wife over Islamic dress, a Muslim convert shoots his family members to 'take them back to Allah' and out of the 'world of sinners'.|
|4/30/2011||USA||Warren, MI||1||0||A 20-year-old woman is shot in the head by her stepfather for not adhering to Islamic practices.|
(3,094 killed by Muslims in America in 66 terror attacks)
See also List of Jihadists and Terror Sympathizers in America by DC Watson
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