Muslims and Tea Partiers Protest Big Media

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Yorkers got not one but two vivid reminders Sunday that they live in the nation's media capital when simultaneous rallies took place in Midtown Manhattan, organized by groups that feel wronged in very different ways.

Outside The New York Times building, dozens of Tea Party activists chanted and wielded signs in protest against what they claim is liberal media basis at The Times, CBS, NBC and ABC.

Brent Bozell, head of the conservative Media Research Center, claimed the media portrays the Tea Party as homophobic and racist in order to undermine it.

"This is the tainting of an entire movement," he said. "This the most grassroots operation that I've ever seen in my lifetime. And the suggestion that this is an astroturf, nationally organized organization is completely false."

A few feet away, an Asian-American man tried to pump up his fellow Tea Partiers, leading them in a rallying cry against the media, shouting "Tell the truth! Tell the truth!" One demonstrator, a woman from New Jersey, initially said she worried about the onset of communism in America, but when asked for examples, struggled and deferred to her boyfriend nearby.

Bozell says he thinks media outlets should follow the lead of Fox News, which he claims have more liberal guests than is commonly believed.

At the same time, a smaller set of demonstrators were outside the Fox News studios at Rockefeller Center, protesting the network's coverage of Muslim issues. Protesters were particularly incensed by Bill O'Reilly's comments last week that, "Muslims killed us on 9/11."

O'Reilly made his comments on the ABC program The View, prompting co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk out. On his Web site, O'Reilly said he is not anti-Muslim but believes terrorism has been "committed under the banner of Islam."

"Fox promotes racism. Shut them down!" shouted the demonstrators, who carried a jumble of signs: pro-Muslim, antiwar, anti-Fox, pro-Whoopi.

"I was really offended because it labeled me, as being one of those that did that," said Seemi Ahmed, a self-described housewife. "And the terrorists that did that, we don't even consider them Muslim. Nobody Muslim can do that, because Islam doesn't teach that."


Dr. Shaikh Ubaid, an organizer of the demonstration, says some media outlets help demonize Muslims.

"Jews were demonized, Gypsies were demonized by Hitler," he said. "And what happened in Bosnia, it shows that demonization always leads to mass persecution, even genocide. So we take it very, very seriously because our children are being attacked in schools every day, our mosques are being attacked every day."



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Comments [15]

Brian from Manhattan

"it is not OK to spread irrational fear"
Mr. Venugopal, did Vivian Schiller personally assign you this homework assignment?

Honestly, if this is the new direction NPR and WNYC plan to take, I want no part of it. You can forget about getting any money from me during this pledge drive. We have been bombarded with extreme right-wing nonsense for 8 years, and now we have to deal with this rising tide of neo-liberal hogwash.

Oct. 26 2010 02:03 PM
shaikubaid from new york

I am saddened by the hatred that I see even here. I hope people will do some un-biased research and not buy into anti-Muslim propaganda blindly. Muslims have been living here for centuries. Muslim slaves built this nation’s prosperity that we enjoy today. Muslim doctors, scientists, engineers, professors, soldiers and policemen are contributing to America’s progress, prosperity and security.

Some good sites to visit about Islam and Muslims are:, and


Immediately after 9 11 the anti-Muslim sentiment was not anywhere as high as it has become in the last three years.
Three anti-Muslim groups have used the right wing media to ‘manufacture” hatred:
1) Neocons who think Muslims getting empowered in the US pose a danger to their desire to shape American foreign policy
2) Evangelical extremists
3) Opportunistic politicians.

Native Americans were demonized before they were eradicated, Africans were dehumanized before they were enslaved. Same with German Jews and Gypsies and with Muslims of Bosnia and Gujarat in India.


Juan Williams is a good man and not a bigot. But his firing was needed. As the wise Yoda might say: The more prominent you are the more responsibility you carry on your shoulders and more accountable you must be.
It is OK to have an irrational fear but it is not OK to spread irrational fear especially if you are a well-known media personality.
Anti-Muslim stereotyping is not a theoretical or philosophical question for Muslims. Everyday mosques are coming under attack and Muslims are harassed and abused especially Muslim women and children. Rick Sanchez was fired and rightly so for stereotyping Jews, and Jews are not even as “endangered” a species in the US as Muslims are. Helen Thomas was forced to resign. What would Juan William say, if in the thick of anti-black hysteria in the South during the civil rights movement, a white woman TV commentator said that every time a black man approached her in the bus she felt scared because her friend was was once mugged by black youth?
Also, to racially profile Muslims as a security policy while the terrorist do not dress like or act like Muslims would be endangering airline security and Mr. Williams should have known that.

— Shaik Ubaid

Oct. 22 2010 04:51 PM
Patriot from New York City

Obama's "Change" meant communism. That's when the government takes over banks, 2/3 of the car industry, Wall Street companies, Insurance companies, the Healthcare industry and student loans. All this was done without the consent of congress. Therefore it is unconstitutional and illegal. I don't think the author of this blog knows about our country and it's rules. Maybe he should go back to school. As far as the Muslim protests. Can Muslims protest outside of mosques in Saudi Arabia or any other middle eastern! Sharia law forbids it.

Oct. 20 2010 11:22 AM
Mhu Cao

The muzzie troublemakers are way off base. They would be better off praying to that pedophile mo-ham-meat or allah the false one. Keep poking the hornets' nest AlQueera, and you'll get stung.

Oct. 19 2010 11:52 PM

Muslims DID KILL us on 9/11. What kind of cognitive dissonance must be involved for people to delude themselves otherwise.

Oct. 19 2010 08:54 PM
verbatim from Brooklyn, NY

Muslims DID KILL us on 9/11. What kind of cognitive dissonance must be involved for people to delude themselves otherwise.

Oct. 19 2010 08:51 PM

Islam is not a religion, it’s a political ideology, seditious in nature, antithetical to our Constitution and freedoms, there should be no mosques at all in America or anywhere in the West, interfaith dialogs are a device used by the Moslems and the Left to sidetrack and ultimately destroy Christianity (which both Islam and the Left see as their ultimate enemy) and while I’m all in favor of seeing that this proposed Ground Zero Mosque/Dawa Center is never allowed, the real threat behind it is NOT its location, but the fact that it is intended as the operations center for the insinuation of Sharia into American Law with the aim of destroying the Constitution and asserting the dominance of Sharia Law in America from which a world-wide enforcement of Sharia will be conducted.

Oct. 19 2010 05:42 PM
TaterSalad from Detroit

Answers and objections for when you talk about Islam:

Oct. 19 2010 05:13 PM
Dan from New York

It was muslims who killed us on 9/11. They happened to be muslims that were extreme.

This is just muslims and the left's way of trying to silence O'Reilly.


Oct. 19 2010 02:48 PM
David Piet

Speaking for myself as an American. I will not allow myself to be pushed around by anyone that comes to my republic and hates the American way.
Despite the Government.

Oct. 19 2010 02:10 PM
MPCpiano from Pasadena, CA

Yes, the 9/11 attacks were definitely a bad PR move for Muslims.

Oct. 19 2010 10:23 AM

They sure weren't Jack-in-the-Box hand puppets!!

Oct. 19 2010 10:13 AM

Ok who are the terrorists. Are they Jews? No Are they Christians? No Are they Buddhists? No.. Gee let me see they are MUSLIMS. So what did O'Reilly say that was wrong. Nothing. And if the majority of Muslims are good why are they not denouncing the terrorists and helping to eliminate them. That is because they believe they should rule the world and just are not ready to kill themselves to do it. Look at the incessant whining they do in this country and they are 1.2% of the population. Don't like it here Muslims LEAVE.

As far as the terrorists are a small percentage. There are 1.2 Billion Muslims so if 5% are Sharia Terrorists that is 60 Million. That is a lot of terrorists.

Oct. 19 2010 09:11 AM
jason k from Detroit, MI

99.9% of terrorists are muslims. Shame on you for saying it's 100% of muslims. There's 0.1% of them that hate America but would never join the terrorists.

Muslims talking about tolerance or peace is a joke. People aren't dumb anymore to believe you're the victim.

Oct. 18 2010 03:21 PM

Ahhh yeah.....I'm pretty sure that Muslims are the ones that are responsible for demonizing Muslims.

Oct. 18 2010 11:39 AM

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