For those of you who were following blogger discussions about journalists sacrificing truth for political correctness when reporting on black flash mobs, here’s another interesting piece of information that might help explain the very PC coverage of the 9-11 anniversary. Apparently the Society of Professional Journalists has has issued the following (Orwellian) guidelines for journalists to use when discussing 9-11 or Islamic terrorism:
— Portray Muslims, Arabs and Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans in the richness of their diverse experiences;
— Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing Americans mourning those lost in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
— Seek out people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds when photographing rescue and other public service workers and military personnel.
— Do not represent Arab Americans and Muslims as monolithic groups. Avoid conveying the impression that all Arab Americans and Muslims wear traditional clothing.
— Use photos and features to demystify veils, turbans and other cultural articles and customs.
— Make an extra effort to include olive-complexioned and darker men and women, Sikhs, Muslims and devout religious people of all types in arts, business, society columns and all other news and feature coverage, not just stories about the crisis.
— Seek out experts on military strategies, public safety, diplomacy, economics and other pertinent topics who run the spectrum of race, class, gender and geography.
— When writing about terrorism, remember to include white supremacist, radical anti-abortionists and other groups with a history of such activity.
— Do not imply that kneeling on the floor praying, listening to Arabic music or reciting from the Quran are peculiar activities.
The Onion couldn’t even make up such idiotic guidelines. It’s no wonder that nearly everyone now believes that MSM journalists are liars, and it’s unsurprising that more people now turn to independent media or bloggers for the truth.