CHARLOTTE, October 17, 2013 – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) may have opened Pandora’s box earlier this week during a talk radio interview in Minnesota.
Bachmann’s comments hit a nerve that has triggered Americans and other media sourcs to respond about the manipulation of journalists by the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Most recently, Ryan Mauro, the National Security Analyst at The Clarion Project shed alarming details about the techniques CAIR incorporates in dealing with the press to maximize their message. The frightening question that follows is how many of these strategies are also utilized by other entities to sway public opinion?
It is no secret that journalism in the purest sense is virtually dead. Media is biased and everyone knows it. Neither is there a dispute that getting to the truth of any story is infinitely more difficult than ever before. The wealth of available information is overwhelming, but that may be too much of a good thing, or a bad thing, depending upon its credibility and/or accuracy.
One of the key factors in the discussion about the media strategies of CAIR is taking advantage of overworked journalists under the pressures of deadlines. The race to become first with a story, especially among broadcasters, has reached epidemic proportions. The first hour of a breaking news event these days is almost always filled with erroneous information in an effort to be first.
The feeding frenzy among reporters has long been a curious feature of broadcasting endeavors, especially in an information age where the moment something of significance happens it is immediately available to the world anyway. Which means being first with the most accuracy should be the primary consideration. Does anyone really remember who was first? And, if they do, will they even care when the next major story breaks?
Two of CAIR’s tricks that Mauro highlights are simple and effective. The first is taking advantage of limited time or space which initially diminishes the need for extensive details. Ask yourself how often you hear a meaningful soundbite on television news that has ten words or less?
Next, and most important, is sourcing. CAIR goes to great lengths to establish itself as THE authority on Islam for its particular community. Reporters bite every time. It is far easier to call a “reliable” spokesperson, especially under a deadline, to verity information than it is to seek out other opinions. In other words, if the source was credible in the past, then why not make it the “go to” guy in a pinch?
CAIR goes to great lengths to take advantage of the fact that the media is basically lazy.
As a corollary to CAIR’s approach to influencing public opinion, they also maximize the knowledge that most Americans, including journalists, are uninformed about Islam. Therefore, if a Muslim spokesperson is perceived to be credible with a calm, non-intimidating persona, it is not difficult for them to sound reasonable to unsuspecting listeners.
According to Mauro, an FBI wiretap in 1993 exposed the concept for dealing with media during a Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas meeting in
Like so many people who have uncovered disturbing information that can be readily refuted by so-called credible insiders with willing accomplices in the media, Michele Bachmann, and others who recognize the dire circumstances of ignoring the facts, are often sloughed off as fringe fear-mongers or kooks.
We live in a world where conspiracy theories abound. How are we to know for certain when something is viably rooted in truth? As far as CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood are concerned, a document called The Project was only discovered in
One needs only to analyze the manner in which the recent government shutdown was managed to captivate the media and its reporting to see how open they are for misinformation.
Call her a kook if you like, but Michele Bachmann is correct. There is a movement underfoot in this country to capitalize upon a politically correct liberal media and to manipulate it to the max.
Make no mistake, Islamist factions in the
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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