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November 19, 2006

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Natasha Gerson

I don't know, Len. Is it bad journalism? Isn't journalism supposed to be about asking the questions that the general public has in their heads? And isn't this pretty much what the general public feels when a Muslim is elected into Congress? I think he's just representing them... Which is what he's supposed to do. But it's a bit hard to judge when this is only the start of the interview. I don't know how he goes on or what Keith Ellison says. And yeah 'prove to me your not working with our enemies'of course, is an impossible thing to ask of anyone. You cannot ask people to prove that they do not do things. Apart from that... well... this is how it is, don't shoot the messenger...

lennybruce

Natasha,

Thanks for your visit and your comment.

I have to admit, that as I was bicycling home from lunch today I asked myself the same question. Isn't this what journalism is about - asking the hard questions? And of course the answer is yes, but how does one ask the 'hard questions.'

That Beck introduced his question with the lame bits about having knowing Muslims, liking Muslims, etc, is incredibly insulting and amateurish. In my mind, he would have been much better off by asking Ellison if he had experienced any negative feelings or consequences due to his being a Muslim given the Republicans focus on the Democrats as being weak on terror and in the words of some Republicans, that a Democratic win would be good for the terrorists. He could have asked if Ellison had felt that his own loyalties had ever been called into question because of his religious affiliation.

Those questions would have been legitimate straight forward mature journalistically responsible questions as opposed to the insulting and ignorant, 'prove to me you are not working for the enemy' which in and of itself belies a major and judgemental point of view of bias.

nisa

Inside, my thought goes: he thinks Islam is not a religion of evil, yet he feels we're enemies? I mean not evil is good. If good is his enemy, what does that make him? :D

Anyway, muslims should be patient, simply live as good muslims as God Almighty commands.

"It may be that Allah will grant love (and friendship) between you and those whom ye (now) hold as enemies. For Allah has power (over all things); And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." Quran, 60.7

lennybruce

Nisa,

Great to see you back! I and a lot of other people were a bit worried but looks like you are feeling good now.

Blessings

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