March 17, 2004

Euronews Watch

Many of my U.S. based readers probably don't know about this pan-European T.V. news station.

They tend to be, if just, a bit to the left of the Beeb.

Just now, in a story on the climate for Muslims in Spain post 11-M, I overhear (and paraphrase closely):

"...there are fears of a backlash against Muslims similar to that in the U.S. after 9/11."

Come again?

In New York City, after more than 2,700 were felled, there were no widespread attacks on Muslims.

No Muslim storefronts torched, turbaned cabbies attacked, vigilante attacks on mosques, random violence in heavily Arab-American neighborhoods like Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn.

I was so proud of this as a New Yorker living through those horrific times.

The city, so often criticized for its alleged widespread uncivility, retained its cosmopolitan, democratic moorings during a time of immense crisis.

And then Euronews comes cheaply along and evokes some kind of fictitious anti-Arab Kristallnacht in New York after 9/11.

Shameful really.

UPDATE:

Please spare me the E-mails about myriad unlawful detentions and how the Constitution has been ripped to shreds. That's another (overly hyped) debate.

To an ill-informed European viewer that might be inclined to believe the worse about brutish Cowboys in the New Country--the Euronews language evoked Arab neighborhoods in, say, Cleveland becoming a Warsaw Ghetto or such.

It's a bogus claim and judicious readers know it.

Posted by Gregory at March 17, 2004 12:14 AM
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