A 52-minute documentary film exploring the struggles of moderate American Muslims at the hands of their radical brethren has also become a showcase for the struggles between right and left in the news media.
The producers of "Islam vs. Islamists" say their taxpayer-funded film has been shelved by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in "an ideological vendetta," and because the production team includes conservative columnist Frank Gaffney Jr., founder of the Center for Security Policy.
"This is a well-documented, textbook case of the abuse of taxpayer funding by elements in the public broadcasting system to advocate their agenda and ensure that people who have different agenda don't get on the air," Mr. Gaffney said yesterday. "The public ought to be allowed to see a film which PBS doesn't want them to see."...
I find this interesting, this is what is going onto our PBS station tonight,"America At A Crossroads: Jihad: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda" I suppose this whitewashes Islam? I know an earlier program on PBS did. I suppose the one that was canceled was just too accurate?
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Knowing PBS's track record, I stumbled across this show, which surprised me in its argument that the American Scablands were carved by a catastrophic megaflood. While it's still not Morris & Whitcomb, it's closer than I expected:
If I were PBS I'd be VERY wary of offending those who frequent AND financially support that network, whom I suspect tend to be politically left-of-center, who also would tend to be offended by any program with compelling conservative commentary, as this one seems to have.