The makers of a controversial documentary about Islam are spending millions of dollars to distribute their film on DVD as a paid advertisement in newspapers across the country, including today's Tampa Tribune.
The film, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West," is meant to scare viewers and to draw attention to Muslim extremist activities around the globe, said Gregory Ross, director of communications for the Clarion Fund.
The Tribune is one of about 70 newspapers that agreed to bundle the film inside its paper. The DVD also will be included in next Sunday's Tampa Tribune.
To date, about 28 million copies of the DVD have been distributed through newspapers and direct mailings in states such as Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan and Florida.
At least one newspaper, the News-Record of Greensboro, N.C., declined to distribute the DVD based on its advertising policies…
"Obsession" offers a disclaimer that not all Muslims are extremists, but the film features incendiary scenes of radical Islamists around the world calling for the destruction of the United States and other countries. It makes numerous comparisons between the efforts of these extremists and Adolf Hitler's Nazi party…
The DVD is being criticized, particularly by Muslims, for inciting fear.
"The film goes beyond an honest critique of terrorism and radicalism," said Ahmed Rehab, strategic communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "They're exploiting the fear and hysteria in this country to try and sell a larger conflict that is essentially a religious conflict." (MORE)