We’ve already presented evidence that shows CNN has collaborated with CAIR. Now, it looks like the New York Times can stake the same claim. For starters, any news outlet that begins with the premise that CAIR is a credible source should be granted no credibility itself. CAIR is a front group for Hamas and an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism trial in the history of the United States.
Nonetheless, the New York Times has cited CAIR as a credible source in the newspaper’s critique of a documentary film entitled “The Third Jihad.”
The Times’ article, written by Michael Powell, primarily relies on the opinions of Zead Ramadan of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ New York chapter (CAIR-NY) and Faiza Patel of the Brennan Center, both of whom aver that the NYPD acted questionably by showing city police the film, to present the case. Ramadan asserts that the movie “defiled our faith and misrepresented everything we stood for.” Patel stated that, “The police have shown an explosive documentary to its officers and simply stonewalled us.”
The problem with Ramadan and Patel, left unsaid by the newspaper, is found in their words and associations. As has been its longstanding policy, the Times never mentions that CAIR is a Hamas support group, created by the Muslim Brotherhood to present and promote its interests. (Of course, even if one day the Times did acknowledge that, it would still have to break another self-imposed taboo of having never once called Hamas a terrorist organization.)
In contrast to the newspaper, the film does reveal how CAIR was created shortly after a secret 1993 meeting in Philadelphia involving members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee. The goal was for CAIR to operate as a pro-Hamas lobbying group, without being publicly linked to Hamas.
Quite interestingly, Ramadan demonized the film by comparing it to a pro-Nazi film and a KKK film.
But CAIR refused to address the documentary’s substance. Instead, the group issued a press release quoting Ramadan comparing it to the Nazi-era film “Triumph of the Will” and the silent movie “Birth of a Nation.” Ramadan voiced his concerns to NYPD chief Raymond Kelly, who said he would “take care of it” and department spokesman Browne denounced the film as “wacky.”
What makes that particularly ironic is that like the Nazis, Hamas hates Jews. Ditto the KKK. Yet, the CAIR representative is demonizing the film by likening it to the creations of Nazis and the KKK.
If you’re looking for the quintessential example of projection, Ramadan has provided it.
The entire IPT report is a must-read.