Friday, November 25, 2011

Shoddy Reporting on the Religion of Islam by ABC News, Part 4

I came across a critique of the ABC News 20/20 program, “Islam: Questions and 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 a fourth 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 the ‘news’ production.

Error #4
[Transcription below for above video beginning at 05:18]  
ABC’s Diane Sawyer says of the tenants of Islam,   
“And also in the Qur’an, the heart of Islam, Mohammed’s five pillars.”
David Wood corrects Sawyer, “Sorry, Diane, but the Five Pillars don’t come from the Qur’an. They come from the Hadith. You won’t find the shahada (faith, the first pillar) in the Qur’an. You won’t find ‘pray five times a day’ in the Qur’an. You won’t find a list of the five pillars in the Qur’an.
“I point this out because this is as basic as it gets and you’re not even getting it right!”

Error #5

[Transcription below for above video beginning at 05:43] 
Edina Lekovic (of the Muslim Public Affairs Council or MPAC) is recorded as saying on the ABC program about the mosque,      
“You know the reality is that the vast majority of Muslims in the United States are not mosque-attending Muslims. And that is okay.”
David Wood facetiously asks, “It’s okay for Muslims to do other things when they are supposed to be at the mosque?
“In Sahih al Bukhari 657, Mohammed was about to burn Muslims alive and burn their houses because they did not show up for prayer. Seems Mohammed took this whole mosque thing seriously.
“But not to worry all you Muslims, who don’t want to go to the mosque. ABC News has a thoroughly Westernized Muslim woman telling you it’s okay to ignore your prophet’s command.”
Edina Lekovic, the Director of Policy and Programming for MPAC, now joins Diane Sawyer in presenting misinformation. Political correctness seems to rule the ABC News airwaves. There seems no regard for the truth.
To be continued

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