Topic: Accuracy in Media
Alan Caruba went on an anti-Muslim tear in his Dec. 13 column, published at Accuracy in Media -- so anti-Muslim that he suggests two Obama administration officials are terrorists because they are "devout Muslims."
After ranting about how "Islam’s holy warriors continue to kill Muslims and Christians," Caruba writes:
Incredibly, Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security recently announced that Ari Alikhan, who DHS identified as “a devout Muslim”, as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and swore in Kareem Shora, another “devout Muslim” born in Damascus, Syria, as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council.
How crazed is this? Or are we meant to wait until President Obama is voted out of office until we can begin to feel safe anywhere in America?
Caruba gets Alikhan's name wrong -- it's Arif, not Ari. He's a lawyer who has worked for the Department of Justice as a prosecutor. Shora, meanwhile, is the national executive director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee who has been published by prominent law journals.
Caruba offers no evidence whatsoever that they are terrorists or in any other way anti-American -- because there is no evidence. Caruba is apparently just copy-and-pasting his hate from email chains; Snopes.com notes that Alikhan and Shora were cited in a email, complete with reference to being a "devout Muslim."
If Caruba cannot prove his sleazy smear -- and he can't -- he must retract his sleaze and apologize to Alikhan and Shora.