Media and religion

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on February 15, 2009

Muzzammil Hassan, a Muslim who started Bridges TV to promote a better understanding of Muslims, was arrested last week on charges he beheaded his wife.

If you haven't heard this reported on the news, then you're not alone. Granted, using Google News search results as a barometer isn't necessarily the most accurate tool for assessing total media coverage of an issue, but I don't have access to Lexis/Nexis.

A news search of "Muzzammil Hassan beheading" turns up a grand total of 44 hits -- including 37 apparent re-publications of an AP brief.

For comparison, I tried a search using "Ted Haggard sex" on Google News' results and got 739 unique hits and 1,373 news articles in the past month on the disgraced evangelical leader. Remember that his original downfall came more than two years ago.

The media is once again bending over backward to cast Islam in a false (but positive) light. The same media that was too chicken to show the infamous Mohammed cartoons won't tell you about this spokesman for Islam who beheaded his wife.

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  1. Four days later, numerous blog posts and hours on talk radio later and yes, you still only get 1,000 hits -- still not as many as Ted Haggard.

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The pattern among critics of the DeVos regs that powerful political leaders (Biden, Cuomo, now Stringer) deserve the due process that these same figures seek to deny to random college students remains something to behold.

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