RECOMMENDED READING: “American Islamists and Iranian Propaganda”


The Investigative Project has posted an article which discusses the appearance by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood representatives on Iranian TV. The article begins:

IPT News November 16, 2011 Tune in to Press TV, the Iranian government’s English-language broadcast outlet, and you will see reports of the pervasive evil represented by the United States. It seeks war. It fabricated an international report on Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It leads an elaborate “Iranophobic” conspiracy aimed at invading Iran and “plundering its natural resources.” Watch long enough and you’ll also see a parade of American Muslim activists, all lamenting their problems with government policies and decrying the plight of life here for Muslims. In the past 12 months, representatives of American Islamist groups have appeared on Press TV for interviews more than 35 times, the most recent example taking place Tuesday. Most of those included representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who appeared at least 29 times. Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) officials appeared at least six times. Both groups claim to stand for civil rights and against terrorism, but their appearances feed into the narrative of the Iranian regime, which is a designated state sponsor of terrorism and a notorious human and civil rights violator. A review of the appearances finds not one which included any criticisms of the Iranian regime for its oppression of its own people or for its support for terrorist groups. That is not surprising, given that the groups fail to make critical statements about Iran even to American audiences. When positive things were said about religious freedom in America during Press TV appearances, it was always outweighed by claims Muslims are being singled out for scrutiny or having their rights abused. “The American Muslims are free to practice their faith,” CAIR national spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said in an Aug. 3 interview. “We live in a free society; there are many good things about being an American Muslim. But there is also a sense of being under siege from these hate mongers that are constantly trying to demonize our faith.”

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A Hudson Institute report has discussed the relationship of CAIR and MPAC to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood.

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