Check out the unqualified smear in this leading Seattle newspaper headline: “‘Hate group’ sues to re-run controversial FBI ads on Metro buses.” Are news organizations incapable of reporting a news story without inserting their agenda-driven bias and propaganda?
My organization is running the exact same ad as the FBI ran last month. Is the FBI a “hate group” too?
Did this vicious troll who fancies himself a “journalist” call me for comment? Of course not. The entire article regurgitates the same libel and defamation provided to tools in the media by Hamas-linked/Muslim Brotherhood groups who work feverishly to destroy any and all opposition to jihad and sharia..
No research, no balance, no reportage. Just poison. My rebuttal can be found here: Download The_Truth_About_Pamela_Geller
The Seattle Times headline was more accurate: Group sues to post anti-jihadi ads on Metro buses
The FBI’s “Faces of Global Terrorism” advertisement, as seen on the side of a King County Metro bus. KOMO/4 Photo. Photo: /
‘Hate group’ sues to re-run controversial FBI ads on Metro buses” By Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle Pi
An anti-Muslim organization has sued the King County for refusing to allow the purported hate group to re-run controversial FBI advertisements on Metro buses.
Metro previously allowed the FBI’s “Faces of Global Terrorism” announcements to appear on the buses before the bureau pulled the ads. The FBI ads – which picture 16 terrorism suspects, most of whom are non-white, Muslim and living overseas – were dropped in June over concerns they perpetuated negative stereotypes of Muslims.
The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative and organization president Pamela Geller have sued King County claiming the county is violating the free speech rights of the organization’s members by not allowing it to replicate the defunct FBI ads.
Reached for comment Tuesday, a county Department of Transportation spokesman said the county had not yet recieved the lawsuit. He declined to comment on the allegations.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, she and Spencer were cited in the manifesto of Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian gunman who killed 77 people on a political retreat. Following the tragedy, Geller said the slain campers were playing “anti-Semitic war games,” had a “pro-Islamic agenda,” and were not “pure Norwegian.”
The pair have also used advertisements on public property to spark controversy, most recently by buying ads in New York City describing Muslims as “savages.” Now, Spencer and Geller would like to replicate an FBI announcement previously posted on the sides of Metro buses as well as billboards around Seattle.
According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Metro rejected the American Freedom Defense Initiative advertisement on the grounds that it is misleading, demeaning and disruptive. Attorneys for the group contend Metro simply doesn’t like the message and is limiting speech inappropriately.
Among the critics of the FBI ads was U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, who faulted the ads for “pointing a finger at a group of people, profiling them.”
“I don’t think that’s fair and I don’t think its good for our society,” McDermott told The Associated Press in June. “It doesn’t make us safer.”
Metro’s advertising policy drew fire three years ago from a pro-Palestinian group which wanted to post advertisements reading in part “Israeli War Crimes / Your Tax Dollars at Work.” Metro rejected the ads, drawing a lawsuit by advertisement sponsor, the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, as well as the American Civil Liberties Union.
That dispute prompted King County to adopt new rules for bus advertisements. Those rules were in place when the taxpayer-sponsored version of the American Freedom Defense Initiative ad appeared on Metro buses earlier this year.
Attorneys for the group contend Metro’s decision was not a “content neutral” restriction on speech, but was instead a reaction to the point-of-view offered by the group. They’ve asked that the court order Metro to accept the advertisement, and that King County pay for the costs of the lawsuit.
King County has not yet responded to the lawsuit, which was filed Monday.
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