How to journalism

These CNN types are so obviously wrong it made my 101 students laugh:

Now comes Chris Cuomo, Yale graduate, to their defense:

CUOMO: Also, his tone was angry. He wound up kind of demonstrating what people are fearful about when they think of the faith in the first place, which is the hostility of it. Look, here’s what you guys were exposing yourself to. This is the state of play in journalism today. The Muslim world is responsible for a really big part of religious extremism right now. And they are unusually violent. They’re unusually barbaric in the places where it is happening. And it’s happening there more there than it is in other places. Do you therefore want to generalize? Of course not. But you do want to call a situation what it is. It’s not a coincidence that ISIS begins with an I. I mean, that’s what’s going on in that part of the world. Doesn’t mean other faiths can’t be violent and other cultures can’t be violent, but you shouldn’t be afraid of the question.

I’m wondering what “usually violent” would be, if the odd f**ktards with knives are “unusually” so.  Perhaps usual violence means you’re not actually angry when you kill someone, or you shoot them from a distance with a model airplane.  That, however, seems pretty unusual.

4 thoughts on “How to journalism”

  1. Where do you even begin….

    It is, in fact, a coincidence that “ISIS” begins with “I”, because “ISIS” is an acronym for a translation of the group’s Arabic name, and thus the organization’s actual name is written using a completely different alphabet.

    Cuomo finds Reza Aslan to be angry and scary? I wonder if he cowers under his bed any time somebody tunes into Bill O’Reilly.

  2. That really was just mystifying. On the other point–the angry point–I suppose he’s never seen John Hagee–that’s guy’s always mad.

  3. When are we going to tell them that there are Sufi’s and other denominations of Islam besides just Sunni and Shia? Or that not all Hindus are the same either?

  4. @Ceazar–
    Heck, I learned the answer to that one when I was a kid, a very long time ago

    You can always tell the English, you can always tell the Dutch.
    You can always tell the Yankees — but you cannot tell them much.

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