Tuesday, January 18, 2005

PSAs to counter depiction of Muslims on "24"

This has got to be a first for television. Feeling a bit squeamish about showing Muslim terrorists on "24," the Fox Network is offering its affiliate stations two PSAs produced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last summer.

The 30- and 60-second spots showcase a diverse group of individuals, who in turn share personal descriptions and identify themselves as American Muslims. Each PSA ends with the statement: "Muslims are part of the fabric of this great country and are working to build a better America." They were introduced by CAIR last summer as part of a nationwide public awareness campaign.

While it's good to be reminded that not all Muslims are terrorists, the inescapable fact is that all our terrorist enemies are Muslim. If "24" wants to have an accurate portrayal of the war on terror, there is no other group to be used.

But I really do support Fox's decision here.

So when do you think networks will begin airing PSAs to counter negative portrayals of Christians?

More: Jib really gets to the heart of the matter here.

Here's a recommendation for CAIR: Work a little more on the "Islamic" side of things. Worrying about a fictional story accomplishes much less in the long run than ending the barbarism being perpetrated by immoral representatives of the Islamic faith who practice terrorism. Are terrorists a small minority of all Muslims? Yes. They are also just as dangerous to Muslims as they are to white, black, and brown Americans. Clean up your backyard, CAIR.


At 2:50 PM, Blogger thane777 said...

Let's just say I am not holding my breath!



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