Arab-American Groups Object To Beck On 'GMA'
January 29, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
Three Arab-American groups have written to ABC NEWS President DAVID WESTIN demanding that ABC's "GOOD MORNING AMERICA" not proceed with plans to use PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS and CNN HEADLINE NEWS host GLENN BECK as a regular commentator.
The complaints by the ARAB-AMERICAN INSTITUTE, MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL, and AMERICAN-ARAB ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LEAGUE cite comments by BECK that Arab- and Muslim-Americans are indifferent to terrorism and his asking Rep. KEITH ELLISON (D-MN), a Muslim, to "prove to me that you are not working with our enemies," a question that BECK subsequently said was poorly stated. ABC has invited representatives of the groups to come on the air to talk about the situation.
AP reports that BECK's response to the protest is, "My message is clear: Islam is a peaceful religion for over 90% of the world's Muslims. I have urged viewers repeatedly to understand this, while asking all of the proud, peaceful Muslims here in AMERICA to take a more visible role in our fight against those who make a mockery of the Quran. I also make airtime available, at any time, to any Muslim organization to help reinforce this realistic, peaceful view of Islam."