CNN is the biggest propagator of fake news and has been perpetuating anti-Trump conspiracy theories ever since he was elected in November.
Just recently, one of their counterterrorism “experts” actually said that some right-wing groups are committing terrorist attacks and framing Muslims so they can eradicate them from the world.
We all know that they’re doing just fine on their own and that such a conspiracy has no base in reality, and yet, CNN reported it.
But a CNN host just gave the most ridiculous and ludicrous assertion which surely trumps all the others prior.
“CNN’s W. Kamau Bell devoted a recent episode of his series United Shades of America to exploring Muslim and Arab communities.
Aside from some interesting vignettes, the program is left-wing, anti-Trump propaganda that firmly establishes the network’s political bias. Bell also serves up some historical distortions of the sort spoonfed to undergraduates on politically-correct campuses, such as the claim that Islam has always been present in the U.S.
‘Islam has always been part of the American fabric,’ one Muslim man in Detroit tells Bell at an anti-Trump event. “A lot of people think that Islam is from a foreign country, or is a foreign religion. It’s not — it’s very American.’
He goes on to criticize ‘those more violent voices in our society’ — and he does not mean radical Islamists. Bell is so impressed that he asks the man, ‘When are you running for mayor?,’ comparing him to a ‘young Barack Obama.’
It was Obama who told the Muslim world in his Cairo speech in 2009: “Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”
He offered a dubious proof: “The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.” He also cited the Treaty of Tripoli, which was essentially an agreement to pay a bribe to Muslim pirates who had made a practice of kidnapping Americans.
For CNN, the argument that Islam has ‘always’ been present in the U.S. rests largely on the claim that a significant minority of black slaves were Muslim.
On Saturday, CNN correspondent Dean Obeidallah claimed that ‘Islam has been here since the time of slavery, because ten to fifteen percent of the African slaves brought were Muslim. So Islam was here before the creation of the United States.
It was actually part of the creation of the United States of America.’ Bell’s interviewee raises the estimate, claiming that ‘during the slave trade, up to about 25 to 30% of the slaves came from areas where there were predominantly Muslim populations.’ (Note that these claims leave out the role of Muslims in the slave trade itself, casting Muslims purely as victims.)”
Clearly, Bell’s interviewee is out of his gourd and he has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about.
But what’s more disturbing is that when Bell handed in his deliverable on this episode, CNN actually ran it.
It really doesn’t get any more fake news than that. Bell even defended these claims by citing Muslims who were considered “heroes.”
“Bell offers one additional argument to defend the idea that Islam is intrinsically American: ‘America has always had heroes who were Muslims.’
He cites Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Malcolm X — none of whom were active in public life before the 1960s. Amazingly, he also praises the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Bell cites Farrakhan’s ‘Million Man March’ — and ignores his vicious racism and antisemitism.
CNN’s effort at historical revisionism is not just aimed at encouraging Americans to adopt more tolerant attitudes toward Muslims, but to discourage awareness or criticism of aspects of contemporary Islamic political thought that clash with liberal democratic principles and that, in extremis, pose an active terrorist threat.
Islam need not be seen as a foreign presence. But to claim that it predates, or was part of, the Founding, is fake history and ‘fake news.’
Americans are certainly tolerant enough to accept law-abiding and tolerant Muslim communities into the fabric of American social and political life without being taught lies about the role Islam played in our history, or being made to feel that Islam’s claims on this country precede almost anyone else’s.”
The real problem is that no one is buying these ridiculous assertions except for their loyal diehard viewers. Nobody else but them.