Saturday, April 17, 2010

WDET & Hezbollah Collaborate to 'Root Out Hate'

Detroit public radio station WDET announced on March 26th their collaboration with other area ethnic news outlets to combat what they see as the alarming rise of “Right Wing Extremism.” (“WDET and Detroit's ethnic media partner on major editorial initiative to raise awareness of alarming growth of Right Wing Extremism”).

The other media are The Jewish News, The Arab American News, The Michigan Chronicle and Latino. According to WDET's announcement:

Mikel Ellcessor, WDET's General Manager says, "The explosive growth of three distinct groups, the Tea Party movement, the Patriot movement, with the militias as their paramilitary arms, and the nativist anti-immigration movement has been underway for the past year. While these are distinct movements with their own animus, there is a well documented, and rising, level of extreme rhetoric coming from all three groups. This rhetoric has contributed to an environment that is fostering violence from the extreme right and multiple instances of domestic terrorism. . . .

. . . Ellcessor summarizes the ultimate goals of the partnership this way: "We are undertaking this work because we want to contribute to a climate that says hate and extremism are not values that will move Michigan into the future, where average citizens assert the basic fact that we are a nation of laws and that violence is never an appropriate response to the lawful democratic process and where they can expect their media to provide full, accurate and incisive reporting on destabilizing influences like Right Wing Extremism."
Arab American News publisher Osama Siblani is quoted in the press release saying this: “We must stand together against messages of hate and identify their messengers.”
Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle, summarizes the project this way: "Voices of conscience cannot keep silent at this moment. Coming together in this fashion shows the solidarity in our communities to root out hate and the forces that speak to violence and bigotry under the pretext of democracy."
Two things about this collaboration are badly bent. One is WDET repeating the now badly debunked slanders about the Tea Party movement being a racist group “fostering violence” and responsible for a rise in domestic terrorism.

And two, claiming to campaign “to root out hate and the forces that speak to violence and bigotry,” while collaborating with the likes of Osama Siblani, one of America’s most outspoken supporters of Hezbollah and Hamas.

It’s well known to readers of this and other blogs that Siblani is an open champion of Hezbollah, who “considers members of Hezbollah -- along with Hamas and other jihadist groups -- freedom fighters.”

We in Dearborn have had opportunities to see for ourselves what Hezbollah’s supporters are like, and it’s got nothing to do with rooting out hate, violence, or bigotry. Siblani has bragged openly about his palling around with Hezbollah leaders like Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, telling the Detroit News, “’If morally supporting Hizbollah or associating with Fadlallah is a crime, there is not going to be enough buses to haul the people out and take them to jail.'"

And, as Diana West pointed out in 2006:
Siblani was speaking before the Israeli offensive began. But not before the 1983 Hezbollah bombings in Beirut that killed 241 US servicemen, 63 U.S. Embassy personnel and 58 French paratroopers. And not before the 1984 Hezbollah torture-murder of CIA station chief in Lebanon William Buckley. And not before the 1985 Hezbollah hijacking of TWA Flight 847 and the torture-murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem. And not before the 1988 Hezbollah torture-murder of Col. William Higgins. And not before the Hezbollah bombings of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992, killing 29, the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires in 1994, killing 96, or the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996, killing 19 U.S. servicemen.
Other sources have blown to hell the myth that Tea Party protesters chanted “nigger” and spit on black Congressman outside the Capitol, like Andrew Breitbart, Hot Air, and Mark Steyn.
And in spite of what WDET expects its listeners to accept at face value, extremist rhetoric coming from tea partiers in not “well documented.”

Certainly not as well documented as, say, the open praise of the bloodthirsty, anti-semitic Hezbollah by Osama Siblani.

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