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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-23-07 02:19 PM
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Rejected by PBS, Film on Islam Revived by CPB

The film is called "Islam vs Islamists: Voices From the Muslim Center" and is said to talk about the intimidation moderate Muslims have had from radicals in many Western countries, including the US.

from the article:

The dispute over the film thrust CPB into the middle of a politically charged affair. The film's producers claim that PBS and its producing station, WETA, both of Arlington, are kowtowing to conservative Muslims in "suppressing" the film. In an interview yesterday, Frank Gaffney Jr., one of the film's executive producers, said PBS and WETA were predisposed against it on personal and ideological grounds.

"I am a person they regard as a conservative, and they regard the airwaves as a liberal domain," said Gaffney, a former Reagan administration defense official who now runs the Center for Security Policy.

WETA and PBS officials denied this yesterday. "We had no problem with the concept or ideology," said WETA spokeswoman Mary Stewart. "It was about filmmaking and documentary standards. We had no problem with the argument laid out in the film."

To break the logjam over the documentary, CPB this week released the film to Oregon Public Broadcasting, which will distribute it to stations around the country. The Oregon broadcaster also will stage a panel discussion about issues raised in the film that will run immediately afterward.

Apparently, this information has changed--

see /

Fox News is going to show the documentary that PBS funded and then refused to broadcast.

It will be broadcast on Saturday night at 9 pm EDT, 8 CDT. My Directv schedule is still showing Heartland with John Kasich at that hour, but the special will be broadcast instead.

I don't get cable, but wanted to give all of you heads up on this. Those who watch, please give feedback and comments.
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