Andy Borowitz tweets last night’s Republican debate.
“Other countries care for the mentally ill. Making them debate on TV is just cruel.”
Who can argue with that?
Unfortunately, Muslim hatred, i.e., hatred of Islam, is prevalent in American society and politics…
The TLC reality TV show All-American Muslim chronicles the lives of a group of Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan. The show has been well-received for its fair and realistic portrayal of the Muslim American experience in the United States. Watch a trailer for the show here.
But a reality TV show that lets Americans relate to the lives of Muslims in the United States is an offensive idea to those who want to demonize Islam. The Florida Family Association (FFA) launched a campaign earlier this year to get companies to pull their advertising from the program. FFA claims that 65 of the 67 companies targeted have done this, including home improvement giant Lowe’s and megabank Bank of America:
The Florida Family Association, a Tampa Bay group, has led a campaign urging companies to pull ads on “All-American Muslim.” The FFA contends that 65 of 67 companies it has targeted have pulled their ads, including Bank of America, the Campbell Soup Co., Dell, Estee Lauder, General Motors, Goodyear, Green Mountain Coffee, McDonalds, Sears, and Wal-Mart.
One of the companies that FFA claims pulled commercials, Amway, told the Washington Post that such reports were “misleading” and that it has done no such thing. Lowe’s told the paper that it did indeed pull advertising. “We understand the program raised concerns, complaints, or issues from multiple sides of the viewer spectrum, which we found after doing research of news articles and blogs covering the show,” said Katie Cody, a spokeswoman for Lowe’s.
The Islamic Circle of North America is urging concerned citizens to call Lowe’s and protest their withdrawal of advertising: “We urge the American Muslim community and our friends, family, neighbors and all people of conscience to call Lowe’s CEO Robert Niblock at (704) 758-2084 or Executive Support Mr. Andrew Kilby at (866) 900-4650 and respectfully complain about this decision.”
Lowe’s issued this statement on Facebook confirming that it pulled the ads: “Lowe’s has received a significant amount of communication on this program, from every perspective possible. Individuals and groups have strong political and societal views on this topic, and this program became a lighting rod for many of those views. As a result we did pull our advertising on this program.”
The Florida Family Association, the right-wing group responsible for manufacturing a campaign against All-American Muslim, says this about the show:
Clearly this program is attempting to manipulate Americans into ignoring the threat of jihad and to influence them to believe that being concerned about the jihad threat would somehow victimize these nice people in this show.
Some of us would have preferred that Glenn Beck stayed in the dark hole he made for himself after Fox News let him go. However, the following story is worth sharing…
Glenn Beck and Newt Gingrich had a tense head-to-head earlier this week. The two sparred on multiple topics, but the final straw for Beck was apparently when he asked Gingrich to name his favorite president. Gingrich answered Theodore Roosevelt, and as a result, Beck has decreed that Gingrich is a “progressive”.
On these grounds, Beck has declared that Gingrich is the only one of the current crop of Republican hopefuls for whom he could never vote. In an appearance on Fox Business Channel’s Freedom Watch with Andrew Napolitano, Judge Napolitano agrees with Beck, calling Teddy Roosevelt “the original Nanny State-r” and echoing Beck’s assessment of Gingrich as a stealth progressive.
Beck goes off on one of his colorful rants, saying, “Newt, I read history. I know exactly who Teddy Roosevelt was. I know he did the FDA, and it’s not just about sausages. He says ‘Well we want to make sure that people falling into sausage factories.’ Yeah, we do need that. It’s ridiculous, it’s ridiculous.”
Beck then issues a challenge to tea party Republicans, saying that if Gingrich is a “big-government progressive,” he’s the same as Obama, and the only reason they would support Gingrich over Obama would be “Obama’s race.”
It’s an inflammatory charge to make, especially after all of the time and energy tea party supporters have spent since the group’s inception insisting that their animus toward President Obama has nothing to do with his race and everything to do with taxes and government spending.
Napolitano frets that Gingrich’s “personality and personal background” are so polarizing that they will turn the discussion away from what he calls Obama’s “miserable three years in Washington.”
You can watch this discussion, embedded via Mediaite.