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CNN could not have committed a worse sin in journalism than its initial report Tuesday on the "mosque" attack.

Originally posted at PreOccupied Territory – This article is  Satire

Atlanta, January 10 – In the interest of journalistic balance, the international news giant Cable News Network announced today it would pay $10,000 to individuals who submitted stories, or leads that produced stories, that cast Islamists in a positive light. The offer is intended to counteract the impression that viewers might otherwise form of violent Islamic terrorists.

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A notice on the CNN website Saturday asked visitors to submit such stories or leads to its Middle East editor Deborah Rayner via e-mail or Twitter (@cnni), with relevant contact information and, if possible, links to multiple sources regarding the stories. The notice, which was up for only half an hour, explained that if a given story were eventually published on the site or aired on the cable network, the user who submitted the initial lead would receive a $10,000 prize.

CNN decided to issue the offer in keeping with its longstanding policy of offsetting every negative report about Islamists with a kinder, gentler image of the movement and its adherents. In recent months, however, such stories have proved hard to come by, especially this week with a series of bloody attacks in France.

The policy is an extension of a standing offer of a $25,000 reward for the submission of stories involving brutal Jewish settlers in the West Bank. That policy itself grew out of an earlier program that began in the late 1980’s, under which each news item involving negative behavior by Muslims required regional editors to produce at least 3 negative stories about Jews.

The network decided to remove the notice after receiving a single story more than eight thousand times, a tale of selflessness that allegedly took place in Aleppo, Syria, during this past week’s snowstorms, but has been difficult to corroborate. No other leads were submitted, says Ms. Rayner. “We’re still open to receiving such leads via our Twitter account,” she noted, “but the special e-mail address we had set up for this purpose is no longer active.” In addition to the thousands of effectively identical messages from hopeful users, she added, in its brief lifetime the account attracted upwards of 50,000 spam messages.

CNN’s approach differs sharply from rival network Fox News, which has pointedly ignored dozens, if not hundreds of instances of Muslims condemning the recent attacks, while the network’s anchors and reporters decry the silence of Muslims in the face of such violence in their name.

This article is Satire.

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101 COMMENTS

  1. See the tag line, “This article is satire”. Posting something like this when many people don’t read the article or the tagline at the end of it, is counter-productive. We all know CNN is biased against Israel, we don’t need a phony comment on Facebook such as this.

  2. Satire: the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

    synonyms: mockery, ridicule, derision, scorn, caricature.

    If you read the entire article at the very bottom it says it is satire.

  3. Satire: the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

    synonyms: mockery, ridicule, derision, scorn, caricature.

    If you read the entire article at the very bottom it says it is satire.

  4. Keep looking!! It’s a safe bet. Nobody will ever cash that check. BTW — I agree with many others. CNN has failed in its obligation to report the news honestly. Had our leaders stood up a few years ago, none of this would be happening today!!!!

  5. B"H I'm sorry you guys, I usually really respect what you do there at the Jewish Press, but this is VERY MISLEADING. I just realized that this article is labeled "SATIRE," meaning it's not actually true, although it's meant to point to a larger general truth. It appears from the comments that many people read it (as I almost did myself) as being totally true and accurate. You also have the headline "CNN Offers $10K Reward For Positive Stories of Islamists" running at the very top of the website on many pages. I think you need to do what you did with another article, placing "(Satire)" after the headline so it is more clear that this article is not true and accurate but only meant to point to larger truths.

  6. Here's a winner: Ahmad Chaled AlChara did a wonderful thing: He made sure his blade was extra sharp before cutting off his Christian captive's head. This demonstrates his humanistic consideration in spite of instructions he was given to make it as painful as possible for his victim. Isn't that heartwarming? Can I have the prize now?

  7. here is the most positive truth not a story . Ishmael and Isaac loved their father Abraham, and the two brothers hugged and cried together in love for their father at his death. look it up it's called the Bible , now I want my $10,000

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