CBS News can often be described as a megaphone for the Left. But some times, it gets incredibly lazy. On Thursday afternoon, CBSNews.com published an article that can only be described as a press release for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim lobbying group that’s been attached to Hamas. The headline was:
“Unprecedented surge” in anti-Arab, anti-Muslim bias incidents reported in U.S. since Israel-Hamas war, advocacy group says
They’re just an “advocacy group,” no ideological or geopolitical explanations are necessary. It was at a CAIR fundraiser where Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said “some people did something” on 9/11:
“CAIR was founded after 9/11, because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”
CAIR was founded in 1994.
The lazy CBS rerun began:
In the month since Hamas’ attack on Israel sparked war in the Gaza Strip and worldwide protests, there has been an “unprecedented surge” in incidents of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias reported across the United States, according to a new report.
Data released Wednesday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which describes itself as the country’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, showed a tremendous upswing in complaints submitted between Oct. 7 — the day of the Hamas attack — and Nov. 4, exactly four weeks later. During that period of time, a total of 1,283 requests for help and reports of bias were submitted directly to CAIR, the organization said in a news release.
In the month since Hamas’ attack on Israel sparked war in the Gaza Strip and worldwide protests, there has been an “unprecedented surge” in incidents of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias reported across the United States, according to a new report. https://t.co/j5wm5O1P5m
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 10, 2023
CBS and its reporter/repeater Emily Mae Czachor made no attempt to seek an opposing view on Islamophobia, or how it compares to the surge in anti-Semitism everyone can see in big cities and leftist college campuses. Is every “request for help” or “report of bias” taken at face value?
Never mind, it’s just repeat and promote:
“Both Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism are out of control in ways we have not seen in almost ten years,” Corey Saylor, the research and advocacy director at CAIR, said in a statement.
“The Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian rhetoric that have been used to both justify violence against Palestinians in Gaza and silence supporters of Palestinian human rights here in America has contributed to this unprecedented surge in bigotry,” the statement continued, adding that “American Muslims are facing the largest wave of Islamophobic bias that we have documented since then-candidate Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban announcement in December 2015.”
Axios.com also helpfully repeated the talking points.