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Siraj Wahhaj Starts Health Clinics, Enjoys a Media Whitewash
by David J. Rusin • Apr 16, 2010 at 12:28 pm
For Siraj Wahhaj, a New York-based radical imam, it is a time of recovery. Just as good medicine has improved his health, bad journalism is helping to improve his image.
Wahhaj appeared in Philadelphia last month to announce the creation of a network of free health clinics, citing inspiration from a recent cancer diagnosis and the ensuing treatment. A laudable project? Perhaps. But it is no excuse to whitewash his terrorist connections and Islamist views.
Exemplifying the slanted journalism that welcomes radical Muslims into the mainstream, the Philadelphia Inquirer offers absolutely no hint that Wahhaj might be anything other than a warm, fuzzy philanthropist. Islamist Watch set the record straight with a letter to the editor, which the paper published in an abridged form. Our full text, with added links, is as follows:
What goes for combating terrorism goes for combating bad journalism: if you see something, say something. Are media portraying CAIR as an unblemished "civil rights organization" — or as the Inquirer labels the Wahhaj-led Islamists of MANA, a "social service organization"? Are periodicals misrepresenting the methodologies of jihadists, as an IW reader chided Smithsonian for doing in a piece that describes the Islamist group Tablighi Jamaat as "apolitical," even though it is anything but? Write the editor, call the management, and make your informed voices heard.