ADC Update
URGENT CALL TO ACTION
LET THE DETROIT NEWS KNOW HOW YOU FEEL
ABOUT THEIR BIGOTRY CAMPAIGN

Contact: Rana Abbas at (313) 581-1201


May 9, 2002 [Dearborn, Michigan] - Last Sunday, May 5, 2002, the Detroit News proved, once again, to its readers, in the editorial section, that when it comes to expressing anti-Arab sentiments, it harbors no hesitation.

The comic on page 17A of the Sunday paper openly feeds into the negative stereotype of Arab/Muslim terrorism, displaying an overwhelming image of Crowned Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia with one arm around President Bush and another filled with a stack of money, being extended to a photographer.  The caption coming from Prince Abdullah's mouth states, "Can't you see I'm busy lecturing the U.S. on MidEast violence?  Here, go blow up someone"

ADC announced a call for action on Monday, May 6, 2002, but has received negative feedback from the publisher's desk at the Detroit News.  According to information that ADC received, callers were treated rudely, and their concerns were not addressed, as they were passed on to other departments of the Paper. 

ADC's call to action stems from the unfortunate fact that this is not the first time that the Detroit News has printed such bias editorials/commentaries, intentionally directed at Arabs and Muslims.  While the Detroit News has many objective reporters who present balanced views, these bias commentaries serve to overshadow their good work.  Despite many ongoing efforts, by numerous community organizations, to communicate with the Detroit News and its editorial board through many meetings, the bigotry campaign has continued. 

ACT NOW

- The ADC calls on the Arab American Business Community, a strong financial supporter of the Detroit News, to strongly voice their concerns and compliment the community's request to end this bigotry campaign .

- Contact Mr. James Kleinklaus, President of Advertising at the Detroit News at 313-222-2708, or at jkleinklau@dnps.com Inform him of how this bigotry can hurt, not only the reputation, but also the pocket book of the Detroit News.

- Contact the President/CEO of the Detroit News Mr. Frank Vega at 313-222-8777, or at fvega@dnps.comRequest an immediate end to this ongoing bigotry campaign.  Indicate to him that such biases are indicative of irresponsible journalism, which has the potential to put the well being of certain groups in jeopardy, thus doing only harm and absolutely no good.


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