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Tarek El-Messidi: "Looking for Muslim Males to Participate in NBC Dateline Segment"

Michelle Malkin: "All the news that's fit to stage".

Yesterday, Michelle Malkin blogged an e-mail soliciting ringers Moslems for an NBC News Dateline anti-American hatchet job story in the works. I wrote to Dateline, and Michelle was kind enough to blog my e-mail, along with some others. Here follow the e-mail solicition and my message to Dateline.

Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2006 13:05:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Looking for Muslim Males to participate in NBC Dateline Segment
I hope everyone is doing well.
I have been talking with a producer of the NBC Dateline show and he is in the process of filming a piece on anti-Muslim and anti-Arab discrimination in the USA. They are looking for some Muslim male candidates for their show who would be willing to go to non-Muslim gatherings and see if they attract any discriminatory comments or actions while being filmed.
They recently taped two turbaned Sikh men attending a football game in Arizona to see how people would treat them. They set them up with hidden microphones and cameras, etc.
They want to do the same thing 2 or 3 other times (in various parts of the USA) with one or two Muslim men in each setting. They are looking for men who actually "look Muslim". They want a guy with no foreign accent whatsoever, a good thick beard, an outgoing personality, and someone willing to wear a kufi/skullcap during the filming.
They also want someone who is fairly well accomplished and has contributed to American society at large in some meaningful way.
That said, I'm urgently looking for someone who can be filmed this April 1st weekend at a Nascar event (and other smaller events) in Virginia. NBC is willing to fly in someone and cover their weekend expenses. The filming would take place all day on Saturday and Sunday.
We already have a hijabi sister who will be filmed there but a Muslim is also needed to join her. I also need candidates for the other filming segments which will take place in the following weeks.
A few weeks later, NBC will fly all the filmed participants to New York City to interview them as a group about their experience and thoughts on discrimination they've faced in America, especially in light of the times we live in (war on terror, 9-11, etc.). The show, if approved by NBC (highly likely), is expected to air sometime this summer.
What I need from interested candidates is an email with an attached clear photograph, a resume, and contact information. I also need basic information such as age, ethnic background, accomplishments, etc.
The sooner I can get this the better and please don't make emails too long. I will then submit a group of candidates to NBC so they can choose the people for the show.
Please forward this to all Muslim lists you can. Because of the upcoming filming in Virginia, this is pretty time-sensitive. My contact information is below.
Tarek El-Messidi

(Apparently, the sender had been removed from the copy Michelle blogged; but see here, where there is also a follow-up e-mail.)

Whether Dateline is planning to set things up to make Americans look bad, or whether Moslem activists are trying to use Dateline to set things up that way, makes little difference to me. Here is my e-mail to Dateline:

What a great idea! Looking for ringers... I mean, looking for Moslems to expose America's abiding bigotries. You all are so brilliant, not to mention original.
Here's another idea for you: why don't you send out a call for some other ringers... I mean, why don't you look for some Christian fundamentalists who would be willing to go into some intriguing arenas to see how they'll get treated.
I don't mean NASCAR, of course. How about, say, the regular meetings of the San Francisco city council. Or a Broadway or Hollywood casting call. You could have the ringers... I mean, you could have the Christians prominently display a cross on their attire, or carry a Bible, or something like that.
So, what do you think?

BTW, isn't that a very, very strange way to refer to something like a NASCAR race: as a "non-Muslim" gathering? Very strange — no?

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Wed. 04/05/06 08:11:20 AM
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