CAIR Accuses Washington Times of 'Agenda-Driven Reporting'Blah blah blah. You're going to love this part:
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR ACCUSES WASHINGTON TIMES OF 'AGENDA-DRIVEN REPORTING'
Civil rights group says paper falsely suggested drop in its grassroots support
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/12/07) - A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today accused a right-wing Washington, D.C., newspaper of "agenda-driven reporting" for falsely suggesting there has been a drop in that organization's grassroots support.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group with 33 chapters and offices around the country, said an article in today's Washington Times newspaper misrepresented figures on its tax filings to falsely indicate a drop in membership.
In a statement sent to the Washington Times prior to publication of the false and misleading article, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad stated:
"Comparing CAIR's 2000 dues figure to that of 2006 is a misleading and mischievous 'apples and oranges' exercise because those figures were calculated based on different criteria. They do not include the thousands of people of all faiths who became CAIR members through several free or low-cost membership drives. For example, between 2002 and 2006, more than 25,000 people became active members for $10 or less during those drives.
"Our membership is increasing steadily, as is our donor base, annual budget, and attendance at CAIR events around the country promoting interfaith understanding and respect for civil liberties.
"The increase in CAIR's grassroots support in the American Muslim community is clearly demonstrated by the opening of 25 chapters and offices since 2001, all of which are funded exclusively through local donations. Each year, CAIR fundraising banquets in Washington, D.C., and nationwide are sold-out events of up to 2000 people.
"We are also concerned that Washington Times reporter Audrey Hudson has apparently had a vendetta against our organization and the American Muslim community since she was barred from a recent CAIR news conference because of her history of sloppy and agenda-driven reporting. It is unfortunate that her apparent bias leads her to 'cook' CAIR's membership figures and to tarnish the journalistic reputation of the Washington Times."
"Support for CAIR has grown as ordinary Muslims witnessed the exponential growth in attacks on their faith by Islamophobes seeking to marginalize and disenfranchise the American Islamic community," said CAIR Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. "It is CAIR's principled and effective defense of the American Muslim community and our criticism of failed foreign and domestic policies that have made us the target of these scurrilous attacks. We will not be intimidated or silenced by hate-mongers."Previously: CAIR's Membership Craters
"CAIR is first and foremost a service organization that responds to the needs of millions of American Muslims," said Hooper.
He said CAIR, since its founding in 1994, has helped some 20,000 individuals and families who reported incidents of anti-Muslim bias or discrimination. In the past year alone, some 10,000 people attended CAIR fundraising events. More than 300 community leaders currently serve on CAIR boards and as staff nationwide. CAIR donors include people of all faiths and walks of life.
Hooper asked members of the American Muslim community and other people of conscience to "tell the Washington Times what they think of its irresponsible, agenda-driven reporting" by becoming a CAIR member.
UPDATE: Here's a newswire link for their pathetic press release.
Note they do not ask for a correction.