Brent Bozell

Our national media elite reviewed 2010 with great sorrow for how America has besmirched itself in the eyes of the world with its "seething hatred" of Muslims. CBS anchor Katie Couric announced on her Internet show that there wasn't enough evaluation of "this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide" which was "so misdirected, and so wrong -- and so disappointing."

Couric even embarrassed herself by suggesting, "Maybe we need a Muslim version of 'The Cosby Show.'" A ridiculous idea -- unless it were to run every night instead of Couric's lame half-hour "news" report.

While Couric crinkles her face that anyone could march peacefully to oppose a mega-mosque two blocks from ground zero, here's what does not upset Couric or her colleagues: Christians getting slaughtered and maimed in the Middle East by radical Islamists during the Christmas season. That story rates barely a media eyebrow lift.

On Christmas Eve in Nigeria, AP reported that Danjuma Akawu, secretary of Victory Baptist Church in the city of Maiduguri, charged that a mob of about 30 men attacked his church on Christmas Eve, killing five people, including the pastor, two choir members rehearsing for a late-night carol service and two passersby. He said the attackers came in three cars and dragged the pastor out of his house before shooting him to death. They drove off after setting the church and pastor's house on fire. On the other end of the same city, a security guard was shot and killed at a Church of Christ.

Network coverage? Katie Couric's CBS aired nothing. Neither did ABC. NBC arrived on the story with three anchor briefs on the morning of Dec. 27. PBS had one "NewsHour" mention that night. That's it.

In the first minutes of the new year in Alexandria, Egypt, an explosion ripped through a throng of worshipers shortly after services ended outside of a Coptic Christian church, slaughtering at least 21 people and wounding another 96. An eyewitness described the debris on the street: "Hands, legs, stomachs. Girls, women and men."

Network coverage? ABC aired nothing. CBS and NBC each aired one brief anchor read. Some might say terror attacks in Africa with these "low" numbers of deaths are hardly a major news story, especially for TV networks that sparsely cover the globe. But when eight American tourists died in a bus crash in Egypt, CBS and NBC each aired full stories, and NBC interviewed an American survivor on Dec. 27. So it's not an issue of sparse resources.

And how many Muslims have been killed -- or injured, or had their feelings hurt -- at the ground zero mosque protests?


Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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