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Round Up The Usual Blogging Suspects

Posted by admin | Posted in Virginia | Posted on 29-09-2007

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This story in the Washington Post …

Esam S. Omeish, a Fairfax County surgeon and Muslim leader who resigned from a Virginia immigration commission after videotapes of him making controversial remarks surfaced on the Internet, said yesterday that he has never promoted violence and accused his critics of perpetrating a “smear campaign” against him. … when video of Omeish speaking at political rallies surfaced Thursday on YouTube, the governor and Omeish agreed that he should step down. Kaine said Omeish’s remarks caused him “concern” and might distract from the work of the immigration commission.

… concludes this way:

“It trashes the reputation of a well-respected Muslim leader based on hype and hysteria,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. “It unfolded just the way I thought it would. Bloggers use any opportunity they can to marginalize American Muslims and their leaders. It’s political theater.”

It’s bloggers’ fault?  Tough to imagine any credible blogger enticing Omeish to rally for the “the jihad way.”  Sorry, on this one he marginalized himself.  Bloggers aren’t the story, they’re just reporting it.


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