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Segment On Terrorism - Fox Guest Brings Up Riots In France

Reported by Donna - November 10, 2005

In a segment talking about the terrorist bombings in Jordan, Shepard Smith spoke with Daveed Gartenstein Ross, who was introduced as a counter-terrorism consultant, about the recruitment for Al Qaeda. Gartenstein Ross managed to tie in the riots in France to Islamic terrorism world wide.

The segment was concentrated on the bombings in Jordan and the possible recruiting that Al Qaeda is doing in the middle east and maybe even in Europe. Gartenstein Ross said that Europe has a much higher population of Muslims than the United States so recruitment would be more of a concern to them. Then he made the statement, "In additiion to that, you can see what's happening in France right now. It's harder for them to control the population when it's riled up."


Comments: Mr. Gartenstein Ross brings up in a rather biased way, that Muslim people are a problem. He also infers that security in Europe cannot control the population of Muslims when "it is riled up."

What population is easy to control when it is 'riled up?' Is he saying that Muslims are different from other disenfranchised populations? Why even bring up the riots in France when this was a segment on extremist terrorism? As far as I know, there is no connection between the extremist, Islamic terrorists and the disenfranchised Muslim youth in France. We had our own civil rights protests in this country, some peaceful, some not, but it should never be said in a blanket statement that the 'African American' population is hard to control when it is riled up. You cannot generalize about a certain population, it's insulting and it's wrong.l

But this is what they do on Fox. To this day the Vice President still carefully parses his words when it comes to Al Qaeda and Saddam, which leaves many Fox viewers with the impression that Al Qaeda was linked to Saddam even though countless reports have refuted this. The subtle misinformation continues.

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