CAIR: STEVEN EMERSON'S DISTURBING TRACK RECORD
Masquerading as an Islam/terrorism expert, Steven Emerson's apparent lifelong goal is to banish Muslim Americans from American civil life. He recently went after the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC); now it is CAIR.
In his latest anti-CAIR attack, Steven Emerson once again unleashes one of his trademark tirades designed to stifle free and open debate (The New Republic Online, 03/28/2008). This time, his wrath is focused against The New York Times. Its crime? Offering two sides of the story in its recent coverage of the "mounting criticism" against the nation's largest Muslim civil rights organization, CAIR.
Emerson conveniently fails to disclose to his readers that the relentless source of this "mounting criticism" is non-other than Emerson himself and his merry band of collaborators. But like all professional propagandists, Emerson aspires to be detective, prosecutor, judge, and jury.
It should come as no surprise that Emerson bears a severe aversion to common standards of professional journalism like those displayed by Neil MacFarquhar of The New York Times. After all, Emerson is not a professional journalist but an agenda-driven demagogue on a mission.
Going many years back, his track record is fraught with well-documented anti-Muslim bias.
Unlike neutral journalists, he is not remotely concerned with facts; rather, he prefers proselytizing his narrow agenda wherever and whenever it is feasible to do so. His modus operandi is not to inform, but to brainwash.
Free speech and open debate provide the most serious obstacles to professional propagandists. It is no wonder then that Emerson balks at the notion that there are two sides to a story; the only noteworthy side, in his view, is his own. (MORE)
Ahmed Rehab is CAIR-Chicago's Executive Director. Prior to joining CAIR, Ahmed was a freelance speaker, writer, and activist in the fields of interfaith collaboration, education, and community outreach. Ahmed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .