PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Dom Giordano spoke with Corey Saylor, from the Council on American-Islamic Relations, about a report they’ve release on Islamophobic media networks
Saylor singled out Fox News as one of the primary culprits.READ MORE: SEPTA Union Unanimously Approves Strike If Deal Isn't Reached
“Unfortunately, it’s a generalized issue with Fox News and, as an example, Public Religion Research Institute in 2012 did a study and they found a very strong correlation between, this is among conservatives, that conservatives who trust Fox News over other news sources, have a high correlation to negative views of Islam and Muslims. That’s because we see, unfortunately, Fox News allowing anti-Muslim bigots like Robert Spencer to use their airways to push messages that, if it was, for instance, a representative of the KKK, no one would give that person a platform.”
He also mentioned comedian Bill Maher, who hosts a show on HBO.
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“The general thing that we’re looking at is are they engaging in specific criticisms of Islam or engaging in broad brush attacks on the entire religion? Unfortunately, Mr Maher has done that more and more on his show in recent months. For instance, all Muslims migrating to Europe would result in societies that are less moderate and less tolerant. So, he is saying everybody, right, all of this particular subset, which is the same kind of racism we see from white supremacists and anti-Semites.”
Saylor pointed out that CAIR took a very strong stance against ISIS and terrorism and believes they are well equipped to point out attacks against Islam from all sides.
“Our work countering ISIS resulted in ISIS issuing an image of our Executive Director on a hit list of Muslims in the West they want killed. I’d say that they’ve taken notice of our push back against them and have reacted quite strongly. We can engage on that front and we’re also quite capable of looking at who is spreading bias against the Islamic faith in this country.”MORE NEWS: 'I Want To Go To Class': Philadelphia Students, Parents On Edge As Possible SEPTA Strike Could Force Virtual Learning