ABC fakes Muslim prejudice, unsurprisingly finds 'Islamophobia' in America
By Warner Todd Huston
Apparently to prove that the US is filled with Muslim hating Yahoos, ABC went on the hunt to find "Islamophobia" in America and the result is "Witness to Discrimination: What Would You Do?" Since they didn't really know where to find any, ABC News decided to create their own prejudice against Muslims by hiring an actress to put on Muslim dress and get "confronted" by a Muslim hating coffee store server — also an actor hired by ABC. Then, they rolled the cameras, opened the doors to the public and, viola, ABC "found" prejudice in America. How hard is it to "find" something that you invented in the first place? Let's find out…
ABC is "shocked" to find that their little manufactured moments revealed how some customers reacted. "Bystanders Turn Away When Muslim Actor Hired By ‘Primetime' Encounters Hostility," ABC proclaimed.
ABC begins their report assuring us all that "Islamophobia" is rampant in America.
Prejudiced attitudes against Muslims "remain common"? Does it really? Is ABC telling us that Muslims are being widely discriminated against in this country since 9/11?
Well, ABC may be claiming this is so, but the FBI sure isn't. According to Investor's Business Daily, the FBI has found that anti-Muslim crimes in the USA is not so "common" as ABC wants to make us believe.
So, how the heck did ABC find all this "Islamophobia" in America? They created it out of whole cloth and then stepped back to see people "react" to it.
ABC then filmed the outcome of their set-up, their entrapping situation, and reported that… gasp… there is prejudice in America. But, even at this they only found one guy that expressed any measure of support for the anti-Islamic sentiment. And even that lone guy was more in favor of a business owner being permitted to run his business how he wanted to run it.
What ABC apparently found most "shocking" was that most regular folks would simply turn away, essentially trying to ignore the situation. ABC seemed to read this as some sort of inherent racism on the part of the stunned customers.
No, sir, they weren't necessarily "OK with it." For most people who aren't confronted with such situations on a daily basis, the shock of the altercation will leave them stunned, bewildered, and unable to act very quickly to such a situation. This is human nature, not any innate "Islamophobia." Most people just fear getting themselves involved in any sort of altercation. It's called the "flight" reaction. Many people just want to shrink from trouble and run away to preserve themselves.
In any case, even as ABC tried to pretend that everyone hates Muslims in America, even their own report revealed people who stood up for the young "Muslim" woman that they thought was being discriminated against.
So, in the end, what we have here is ABC sensationalizing a "racism" that doesn't exist at the sort of so-called high rates that they are trying to make us all believe it is happening. ABC wanted to find "Islamophobia" so it went out and created it.
No wonder they "found" it, huh?
Warner Todd Huston is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.
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