With all the blog chatter over Dateline’s attempt at finding anti-Muslim bigotry and racism at NASCAR events, among others, I thought I’d take a slightly different line of approach.
Starting with this disclaimer: I have long since lost any thoughts that news networks expend any energy in an attempt to be impartial and provide unbiased reports. The CBS flagship 60 Minutes has had a long history of omitting facts that counter, and in some cases flatout disprove, what they present as “news” some weeks. The most infamous were the “CJ” Jeep rollover debacle and more recently Dan Rather’s “fake but accurate” Bush hit piece.
NBC Dateline’s porfolio of misdeeds include the well documented staging of a vehicle crash test that was rigged to get a particular outcome. As part of that scam Dateline concealed from the public key elements – the hidden rockets, the over-filled tank and the loose gas cap that rendered their exposé utter trash. And should have, in a more just universe, sent someone to jail for fraud.
Now Dateline is on the “hunt a NASCAR bigot” bandwagon and out of the box the producers/researchers/bobbleheads show their ignorance.
According to reports these mental midgets are sending a couple of Sikhs in their attempt snare any NASCAR hatemongers. It really doesn’t take much effort, even by those not familiar with the Muslim religion, to learn Sikhs are neither muslim nor arab. Strike one!
Strike two comes in the form of payola. Again according to reports, Dateline in soliciting voluteers to become “Muslim stunt doubles” they agreed to pay all expenses. That would include food, lodging, travel tickets to the events selected to “sting,” and event admission tickets.
That can come to a very large sum and could, I repeat, could provide for the possibility those in reciept of Dateline’s largess act in such a way – via subtle hand gestures or facial expressions not caught on camera or sound equipment – that would provide exactly what the producers are looking for. The one tenth of one percent in a crowd of nearly 200,000 that would react in a bigoted and racially charged fashion. I have no doubt the producers would wet their gender appropriate under garments if violence broke out as a result.
The third “wiff” is what is unknown at present and would evolve into a full on “strike three yer outta here,” if at the time of airing Dateline makes no effort to explain the background of those “undercover.”
How were they vetted for this assignment? Were background checks done to verify they have no connections to extremists groups that would indicate they may have an unknown agenda and are unsuited for this job. Utilizing this weeks subject du jour, are they in the country illegally?
Somehow I doubt the pinheads at Dateline have even considered the possibility.
UPDATE: The aforementioned pinheads have had a
change in plans, reconsidered, back-peddeled, chickened out and turned into the spineless jellyfish they truly are.
After bringing Muslim men to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia to gauge the reaction of NASCAR fans, Dateline NBC won’t have its cameras at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
In a statement released Thursday, NBC defended its reporting tactics, saying “there have been a lot of inaccurate comments” and that Dateline “had barely begun its reporting.”
“Dateline is not planning a story about NASCAR,” the statement said. “We are following up on a recent poll and other articles indicating an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States. We are curious about whether that is true. The NASCAR race at Martinsville was a stop we have made in our research on this story.
First, congrats to those at Martinsville that provided zero fodder for these idiots. Secondly, thanks to the blogosphere another attempt at hack journalism has been exposed.
Cross Posted @ Full Throttle.