Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shoddy Reporting on the Religion of Islam by ABC News, Part 3

I came across a critique of the ABC News 20/20 program, “Islam: Questionsand Answers.” That program originally was broadcast a year ago. The recent YouTube exposé points out 20 errors in the hour long supposed ‘news’ program. This is the third of a series of posts that will delve into the various errors made by Diane Sawyer and her fellow staff on this program. I am not quite sure whether this was just bad or sloppy reporting, or merely a succumbing to political correctness, or outright lies about the so-called ‘religion’ of peace.
Here is the video, “Whitewashing Islam – 20 Errors on 20/20 (ABC News).” Following the video is a transcript of the next error found in this ‘news’ production.

Error #3

[Transcription below for above video begins at 04:36]

ABC’s Diane Sawyer says of the Son of God, Jesus,
“And until Jesus comes, in the Qur’an He sits at the right hand of God.”

David Wood retorts (to this obvious Sawyer misstatement), “‘Jesus sits at the right hand of God,’ that’s what Christians believe, but it is that what the Qur’an says? Once again, (she provides) no chapter, no verse. Why? Because the Qur’an never says it!

“The Qur’an does say in Surah 3:55 and 4:158 that allah raised Jesus to himself, but that is not the same things as saying Jesus now sits at the right hand of allah. According to (the Hadith) Sahih al Bukhani 34:30 (?), Jesus is in the second heaven with John the Baptist several heavens away from allah, certainly not at allah’s right hand!”

Diane Sawyer is on a roll with another distortion of the truth. One wonders where she is getting her material. Obviously, it is neither from the Judeo-Christian Bible nor from Islamic texts. So how does she get away with such a blatant misrepresentation? Is it poor journalism, or pandering histrionics, or plain deceitful political correctness? It may be all of the above.

to be continued

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