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It's not just Bill Maher: Islamophobia on cable news is out of control

Posted October 09, 2014 12:14 PM

On September 17, 2001, President George W. Bush gave his "Islam is peace" speech from the Islamic Center of Washington DC, tucked into a leafy stretch of embassy row. He urged the country to embrace "fellow Americans" who are Muslim as well as Islam itself "with respect," explaining to a country full of "anger and emotion" that the jihadists who'd struck a few days earlier were insane outliers and not representative of the religion.

Since then, there has been a tension in how Islam is discussed in American media, and especially in its most populist and popular form, television. Americans typically follow Bush's advice, but sometimes they struggle, particularly when violent extremist groups are in the news. In recent weeks, that strain of Islamophobia in the US has risen along with media attention to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), reaching crisis levels —particularly on American TV news.

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Blogger pulls anti-Islam MTA ads depicting James Foley before his beheading after criticism from Foley's parents

Posted September 28, 2014 2:05 PM

"Controversial firebrand blogger Pamela Geller has pulled an anti-Islam ad featuring American journalist James Foley on his knees just prior to his beheading."

Original source: NY Daily NEWS, Sep. 28, 2014

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Anti-Muslim ads could threaten lives

Posted September 25, 2014 4:52 PM

"Pam Geller is fomenting a climate of fear and hate"

Original source: NY Daily NEWS, Sep. 25, 2014

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Controversial Anti-Muslim Ads Coming to New York City Transit

Posted September 24, 2014 3:14 PM

"We review every viewpoint ad under the standards, but a series of court rulings have made clear that our hands are largely tied."

Original source: Newsweek, Sep. 24, 2014

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Fox Panelist Wrongly Defends Muslim Profiling With WWII Japanese Camps

Posted September 24, 2014 10:32 AM

“We should have been profiling on September 12, 2001.”

Original source: TPM, Sep. 24, 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Mayor de Blasio blasts anti-Islamic ad campaign as 'outrageous'

Posted September 19, 2014 4:39 PM

Calling them "outrageous, inflammatory and wrong," Mayor de Blasio on Friday blasted an incendiary new ad campaign that bashes aspects of Islam.

Original source: NY Daily News, Sep. 19, 2014

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A new low in anti-Muslim American bias

Posted September 19, 2014 9:02 AM

A few weeks ago, Bennett posted on Facebook using his account "State Representative John Bennett" that Christians should be "wary" of Muslim Americans: "The Quran clearly states that non-Muslims should be killed. Arab is the ethnicity, not Muslim or Islam. Be wary of the individuals who claim to be 'Muslim American.' Be especially wary if you are Christian."

Original source: CNN, Sep. 19, 2014

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NYPD: Hate crimes in NYC are on the rise

Posted September 17, 2014 3:42 PM

Series of Fliers with Swastikas Found in Brooklyn

Original source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Sep. 17, 2014

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Oklahoma state Sen. Bennett: American Muslims are a ‘cancer in our nation that needs cutting out’

Posted September 17, 2014 3:33 PM

“Is there a difference between moderate and radical Islam?” he asked, before answering, “I say, ‘No.’”

Original source: Rawstory, Sep. 17, 2014

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Deepa Iyer: 'Why All Communities of Color Must Demand an End to Police Brutality' (From The Nation)

Posted August 21, 2014 1:23 PM

"For Latinos and Asian- and Arab-Americans, Ferguson is our fight too."

Original source: The Nation, Aug. 20, 2014

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