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Fox&Friends And Larry Schweikart Peddle More Propaganda And More Publishing Misinformation

Reported by Priscilla - March 13, 2009 -

This week’s propaganda piece, from University of Dayton Professor Larry Schweikart, was in synch with the Fox “be scared of Islamic terrorists” (be scared of Islam) meme as he accused a text of “tiptoeing” around terrorism. But here’s the thing - It’s bad enough that Fox&Friends allows right wing University of Dayton professor Larry Schweikart to, on a weekly basis, spew his opinion as fact. It’s bad enough that he is allowed to do this without any opportunity of rebuttal. But if the propaganda is being used for audience activism, the audience should be provided with the correct contact information. Not doing so suggests sloppy fact checking which won't reflect well on either the "activists" (culture crusaders) or Fox News which always has its facts straight. (Just kidding)

The most recent two part (Larry’s getting lots of fact time) segment of the Professor’s propaganda pontifications (March 11th) had University of Dayton Professor Larry Schweikart sporting what looked like a rainbow colored tie. (Does Larry realize the “pride” implications of the rainbow?!?) The chyron, at the beginning of Part One, read “Pushing progaganda (Oh, the irony!) Controversy over errors, bias in books.” (Comment: the “controversy” is being generated by Fox News and limited to the intellectually challenged audienced). MENSA member, Steve Doocy alleged that the book made it look like “African slavery was OK” because the book stated that prior to the slave taking of Arabs and Europeans, the Africans would ransom the slaves or absorb them into their own society. Larry claimed that this suggests that the book infers that African slavery was “benign.” Schweikart was concerned that the book had a “whole big section on Africa and African history in an American history text. (I guess Larry thinks it’s OK for American history texts to reference the European background of American history) Schweikart made an amazingly inept analogy of saying that this would be like doing a history of Ohio in a discussion of Arizona history because Ohioans moved there. (Actually, Larry, if one was doing a history of the American Southwest, one would need to reference, Spain, Mexico, and the native Pueblo societies). But the unpardonable sin seems to be that, according to the former weather guy, it avoids the words Muslim terrorists and Islamic terrorists with regard to 9-11. (So does that mean that if the book mentions American domestic terrorists, their religion needs to be mentioned?) When Doocy asked the cued question about why this is happening, Schweikart said that “it would be politically incorrect to suggest that there’s a religious group out there that had a certain jihadist agenda.” (So if Islam has a “jihadist agenda” does Christianity have the same thing in that abortion clinic terrorists invoke their Christian beliefs?) Note that neither Schweikart nor Doocy followed up with comments that not all Muslims are terrorists. The information about the publisher was then displayed. The problem here is that the name of the contact person is misspelled and that he is not connected to the division of the company that published the text. In other words, he has nothing to do with the text in question.

Comment: University of Dayton professor Larry Schweikart seems to like linking Islam and terrorism. Guess he doesn’t know that even the Bush administration backed off of that. The Department of Homeland Security rebuked John McCain’s use of the terminology, during his campaign, because “linking Islam to terrorism offends moderate Muslims and gives extremists “religious legitimacy." The National Counter Terrorism Center said the same thing: “Don't Harp on Muslim Identity: Avoid labeling everything 'Muslim.' It reinforces the "U.S. vs. Islam" framework that Al-Qaeda promotes.” Retired General John Abizaid also said that words matter. British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has banned the use of the adjective "Muslim" in connection with terrorism. But Schweikart’s comment about Islam having a “jihadist agenda” is offensive. Those who are terrorists, be they Christian, Muslim, Hindu, are twisting the religion to suit their goal.

But again – if you’re going to do propaganda, hire better fact checkers. Otherwise, the culture crusaders will look like they don’t know what they’re talking about! Let’s see how long it takes for the gang at Fox to correct the mistake.