10 July 2006

NPR sure can pick 'em, can't they?


National Public Radio correspondent Rob Gifford provided American listeners with a rather narrow picture of Britain’s “Islamic community” in his report on the one-year anniversary of the London bombings.

As a reasonable-sounding but aggrieved spokesman for the community, Gifford’s report gives us Taji Mustafa of Hizb’ut Tahrir. Yes, that Hizb’ut Tahrir. Yes, the same Taji Mustafa who wrote in 2002, “Muslims in Britain must take it upon themselves to expose the myth of free speech and other fanciful concepts of western capitalism which are used to defame Islam.”

I think Harry’s Place is being too generous in presuming this was due to ignorance. I doubt Gifford went looking for a Caliphascist, but I suspect he did go looking for someone with his own viewpoint to recycle in to the report.

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