Amid late 2010’s snowstorms and champagne toasts, most folks likely missed a truly stunning comment by a high-profile U.S. journalist. Katie Couric’s words epitomize the ignorance and politically correct blindness that befall too many of America’s media elite.
In a CBSNews.com year-in-review discussion, the Evening News anchor lamented that “the bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface this year.” She complained about “this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong — and so disappointing.”
Couric added: “Maybe we need a Muslim version of The Cosby Show.…I know that sounds crazy. But The Cosby Show did so much to change attitudes about African-Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand.”
With apologies to chickens, ostriches, and other feathered creatures, Couric’s comments are multifariously bird-brained.
Does Couric truly believe that Americans were so prejudiced, and yet superficially so, that Bill Cosby’s program substituted decades of bias with an era of ethnic enlightenment?
The Cosby Show’s enormous audience would have been far smaller from 1984 to 1992 absent the grueling and often deadly civil-rights work of such heroes as Rosa Parks, the Congress of Racial Equality’s murdered Freedom Riders, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney; and — of course — the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Couric’s comments seem blissfully detached from the clear and present danger posed by Muslim zealots.
“This is the ultimate in hysterical political correctness,” says House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King (R., N.Y.). “To write off legitimate opposition to the Ground Zero mosque as bigotry against Muslims is elitist condescension and inexcusable ignorance. As to a Bill Cosby show for Muslims, that wouldn’t allay the concerns of liberals such as Attorney General Eric Holder who says he stays ‘awake at night’ because so many young Muslim-American men are becoming so radicalized that they are taking up arms against our country. Get real, Katie.”
Yes, Katie, it would be lovely if a Muslim Cosby Show (perhaps titled al-Qasbi) were an ecumenical love bomb. Alas, it probably would enrage the very bombers who should tune in.
In a forthcoming report, the Investigative Project on Terrorism counts at least 21 militant Muslims who were convicted on or pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges in 2010 alone. While most American Muslims peacefully practice their faith, Islamic extremists in their midst thirst to spill blood, usually on American soil:
• Last February 22 and April 23, respectively, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay pleaded guilty to supporting a foiled September 2009 al-Qaeda plot to bomb New York City subways.
• May 26: Hosam Maher Husein Smadi pleaded guilty to attempting to bomb Dallas’s 60-story Fountain Place tower.