Media ignoring “Muslim” opposition to mosque. Should anyone be surprised.

Posted on September 8, 2010

Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 9/8/2010 4:00:00 AM

A conservative media watchdog organization says the mainstream media is virtually ignoring the Muslims who are speaking out in opposition to the proposed “Ground Zero” mosque in New York City.

NYC mosque site (compliments of AP) The mainstream media appears to have gone out of its way to support the premise that Islam is a peaceful religion and that most Muslims are “moderate.” But the Culture and Media Institute (CMI) at the Media Research Center has found that when it comes to the question of the Ground Zero mosque, the networks have ignored those moderate Muslims who have spoken out against locating the mosque so close to the 9/11 site.

“You’ve seen the media depicting opponents of the mosque as bigots, as racists, as xenophobes — and yet they’re ignoring a pretty substantial list of Muslim figures who have come out and said essentially the same thing that most Americans are saying,” notes Nathan Burchfiel, associate editor at the CMI. “But the media [is] ignoring those kinds of people because it doesn’t fit the media agenda of saying that this is something that everybody wants.”

He reports that one of those prominent Muslims is the current Miss USA, Rima Fakih, who said locating the mosque so close to where the World Trade Center towers stood would be insensitive to the victims of the September 2001 terror attacks. “We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion,” she said.

Birchfiel points out that Fakih “was big news when she became the first Muslim Miss USA. It was kind of seen as a step of progress. And yet now that she’s come out and said these things, she’s suddenly a non-player in the mainstream media because she doesn’t fit their agenda.”

The CMI associate editor adds that many other prominent Muslims have spoken out against the Ground Zero mosque, saying the location is insensitive to the September 11 victims and their families.

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