JUNE 21 BREAKING: Strickland-CAIR Update: Reported Strickland Staffer Response
Ohio’s press must have been forced into rationing newsprint and bandwidth during the past couple of days.
I can’t otherwise explain how the Toledo Blade, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dayton Daily News (news; blogs), and especially the Columbus Dispatch, have thus far carried no coverage of this Ted Strickland appearance on Sunday (press release URL was later moved to this link by CAIR):
Monday, June 18, 2007
OHIO GOVERNOR SPEAKS AT CAIR BANQUET
(COLUMBUS, OH, 6/18/2007) – Ohio Governor Ted Strickland spoke last night at the tenth annual banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations chapter in that state (CAIR-OH).
Governor Strickland addressed the crowd of 350 people, saying: “On behalf of all Ohioans, [my wife and I] appreciate your vision to promote justice and mutual understanding. We gather under CAIR-Ohio’s theme this year, ‘American Muslims: Connecting and Sharing,’ to do just that, to connect and share and get to know each other better.”
Governor Strickland also expressed appreciation for “the Muslim traditions of strong family, hard work, and education,â€ and presented a proclamation honoring CAIR-Ohioâ€™s work.
CAIR Chairman Dr. Parvez Ahmed and several prominent imams also spoke at the event. Imams, local elected officials, and members of the interfaith community were among those in attendance.
For that matter, there’s not even anything in Google News.
All searches were done on “Strickland CAIR” without quote marks used at about 7:30 this morning. The DDN’s results that were returned only had Strickland’s name and no mention of CAIR.
(Correction, 10:30 a.m.: The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Politics blog had an entry yesterday that didn’t show up in a result-free Enquirer search. The entry describes CAIR as “America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group,” makes no mention of the terror ties described in this post, and says that Strickland is the first Ohio governor to address the group.)
Not newsworthy? Surely you jest. It’s not every day that the sitting governor of one of the country’s larger states breaks bread with an organization that has been named an unindicted co-conspirator in an alleged criminal conspiracy to support the Palestinian Arab terrorist group Hamas.
Yes, THAT Hamas. Y’know, the one that during the few days leading up to the governor’s appearance was reported to have, among many other atrocities:
- Executed officials of rival Gaza Strip faction Fatah “one by one in front of their families in the streets of Gaza City.” Many of those officials appear not to have been combatants in any meaningful sense.
- Thrown an officer in a Fatah-linked security force (Mohammed Sweirki of the Presidential Guard of President Mahmoud Abbas) from the roof of a 15-story apartment building (Fatah did likewise to a Hamas “activist”).
- “Shot dead seven Fatah fighters after they had surrendered.”
And who is Dr. Parvez Ahmed, you may ask? He’s CAIR’s national Chairman of the Board. In 2004, this paragon of “connecting and sharing,” and of “promoting justice and mutual understanding,” threatened “legal consequences” (HT FrontPage) to those who might dare to write letters to the editor about CAIR’s alleged ties to terror.
Ahmed’s latest blog post attempts to minimize the significance of the arrests relating to the plot to blow up JFK airport.
FrontPage further notes that:
CAIR has consistently shown sympathy for overseas terrorist groups and their activities. In fact, CAIRâ€™s actions led Senator Charles Shumer, D-NY, to declare, “We know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism.”
Are Ted Strickland and his administration so out of touch with reality that they saw this event as just another “Kumbaya” moment? Is Ohio’s (and the nation’s) press so apathetic and gullible to think that the governor’s appearance at CAIR-Ohio with the organization’s national chairman in attendance is just another relatively meaningless banquet-circuit event?
The governor’s appearance was very long on naivete, very short on sound judgment, and gave a dose of legitimacy to an organization that most certainly doesn’t deserve it. It’s hard not to think that Ohio’s media, some of whom surely received CAIR’s press release and are aware of CAIR’s activities, are carrying the governor’s water.
Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.
FOOTNOTE: I suppose that, as more posts appear throughout the day at other SOB blogs, Ohio’s leftosphere will consider this one of those “coordinated” thingies. Truth be told, I got an e-mail tip from a reader, found a link, and let other SOBs know about it. I did suggest that they sit on it overnight to see what Ohio’s press did with it (as expected, nothing). Otherwise, what they’re doing with this news is up to them.
If this is “coordination,” it’s the same concept John McConnell of Worthington Industries has used, and it has worked pretty well: “People talk to each other.” Imagine that.
Sometimes, as in this case, other information unexpectedly arrives that helps to bolster the points being made. You really should read the entire LGF entry, and the linked FrontPage column by Patrick Poole, to get a flavor for what’s going on right here in the Buckeye State.
UPDATE: I suppose someone will want to administer some grief over this –
“I would like to salute the Ohio chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations as well as the national office for their support and sponsorship of this annual event [Islamic Day] and for contributing to the diversity of the state of Ohio.”
-Ohio Governor Bob Taft (R)
The quote isn’t dated, but it is certainly from before 1/1/07. People identified by party on the linked list are about 80-20 Dem-GOP (28-7, by my count).
Four Five things:
- CAIR wasn’t an unindicted co-conspirator then; it is now. That covers other dhimmi politicians (who all really should have known better anyway) who might have lent credibility to CAIR before this year.
- This blogger called for Taft to resign several times, so I don’t exactly have a membership in the blind-belief GOP Fan Club.
- I don’t recall any negative leftist reaction to Taft’s appearance. There was negative reaction on the right.
- See Schumer quote above.
- The point about the “mysterious” non-coverage by Ohio’s media remains.
- June 21 — Strickland-CAIR Followup: Not in Our Name, Guv (Not in Our Old Media Coverage, Either)
OTHER POSTS (to be refreshed from time to time during the day):
- California Conservative goes into detail about the Holy Land Foundation, which was shut down by the Treasury Department in 2001, per this press release.
- Right Angle Blog has lots of background, including a somewhat-related journey into Ted Strickland’s congressional past.
- Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion has a great post with a great title — “Taxin’ Ted CAIRS”
- Central Ohioans Against Terrorism — In a different post, he notes that “counterterrorism experts have identified the Central Ohio area as one of the top five ‘hot spots’ for terrorist activity in the country.”
- Nasty, Brutish & Short
- Brian at One Oar in the Water has a great post going into intense detail about the Muslim Brotherhood that should be bookmarked.
- Invincible Armor
- MORE — Pain Dealer, Blog-o-Fascists, Little Green Footballs, Inzax, Right Wing Champ, The Virtuous Republic.
- (June 20) NixGuy notes that the Ohio Media snooze continues, and an RAB comment about the near-instant and heavy coverage a visit by GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell to a gun-rights backer received last year.
- (June 20) Crush Liberalism, Hot Air, Cristy Li, Unmitigated Gall, Right on the Right, America’s Victory ’08, Wizbang, Dhimmi Watch.