By Bassel Barakat
A Texas news program was criticized by some viewers over newscast that promoted “Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudices.
The segment aired by — Odessa, Texas — KOSA-TV, a CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television, introduced a story about an event where two Nordic European women spoke in front of the Midland County Women’s Republican club.
The two women were Katie Hopkins of England and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff of Sweden who spoke this week.
According to the report, both Hopkins and Sabaditsch-Wolff discussed the issue of Muslim immigration influence on their countries and how it can affect the United States.
“Many in the audience were surprised with their personal accounts of how Muslim immigration is impacting them and changing the landscape of their country,” the KOSA reporter said about the event. “Hopkins said she was the target of a Jihadist plot to behead her after speaking out about how the country’s accommodation has citizens coming under fire for the things they speak in public and online and believe, in general.”
During the event, Hopkins talked about the huge number of Muslim immigrants in London. She said that London is “completely overrun by migrants that didn’t come from that place.” Meanwhile, Hopkins gave some examples of people speaking on Muslim immigration and the implications they face for doing so. The examples cited a man she claims was arrested and accused of Islamophobia for “preaching” the Christian bible in the streets. Hopkins suggests for those who suffer the growing of Muslim immigrants in England face “repression of freedom for even thinking” such thoughts about the shift, the NewsWeek reported.
The news event faced huge criticism from Twitter users.
i love it when news outlets uncritically cover and amplify islamaphobia pic.twitter.com/KLFGH4ZwH1
— Ali Breland (@alibreland) April 19, 2019
Local TV news is one of the most trusted forms of media. This local news clip is shocking. https://t.co/18OPB6lokB
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) April 19, 2019
In Ali Breland’s tweet, he noted that Sabaditsch-Wolff “was convicted of hate speech in Austria in 2011, which CBS7 doesn’t ever think to mention.” He also shared a link to the March 25 events Eventbrite listing, which claimed that “Jews and Christians have been forced out of beloved areas” and “Halal food is being served in public schools.”
Breland’s tweet was shared by Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen. For their part, Polgren wrote: “Local TV news is one of the most trusted forms of media. This local news clip is shocking.”
This is a despicable segment @CBS7News.
As @alibreland notes, it amplifies islamophobia because the topic was covered uncritically.
The reporter @GianniWindahl should be ashamed of herself.
I've asked Gray Television, the owner of CBS 7, for comment. pic.twitter.com/CEdbH1VSis
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 19, 2019