Fear, Inc. 2.0 – The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America

A new follow up report on the Islamophobic network in America is available, which has been provided here for information purposes to gain an insight into the main players and donors of this well-funded group.

Read the report here:
Fear, Inc. 2.0 – The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America

Note: we don’t necessarily agree with every single opinion contained in the report or endorse any of the parties or groups mentioned therein.

Excerpt from the Introduction:

In 2011, the Center for American Progress published “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America”1 in order to identify and expose the organizations, scholars, pundits, and activists comprising a tightly linked network that spread misinformation and hateful propaganda about American Muslims and Islam. The report found that seven charitable foundations spent $42.6 million between 2001 and 2009 to support the spread of anti-Muslim rhetoric.2 The efforts of a small cadre of funders and misinformation experts were amplified by an echo chamber of the religious right, conservative media, grassroots organizations, and politicians who sought to introduce a fringe perspective on American Muslims into the public discourse.

In the three years since “Fear, Inc.” shined a light on the Islamophobia network and exposed the network’s key members, a number of them have been marginalized by the mainstream media and politicians. For example, the American Conservative Union publically reprimanded misinformation expert Frank Gaffney and made it clear that he is no longer welcome at their annual Conservative Political Action Conference.3 Conservative politicians from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to former presidential candidate Mitt Romney have pushed back against the “sinister accusations” of the Islamophobia network.4 And the anti-Muslim caucus in Congress took a huge hit by losing some of its loudest members, such as Reps. Allen West (R-FL) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

Appendix: Key organizations, donors, and media outlets of the Islamophobia network

Organizations
Society of Americans for National Existence
Key individuals: David Yerushalmi

The Middle East Forum
Key individuals: Daniel Pipes

Stop Islamization of America
Key individuals: Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller, and David Horowitz

Investigative Project on Terrorism
Key individuals: Steven Emerson

Jihad Watch
Key individuals: Robert Spencer and David Horowitz

David Horowitz Freedom Center
Key individuals: David Horowitz and Robert Spencer

Center for Security Policy
Key individuals: Frank Gaffney and David Yerushalmi

Act! for America
Key individuals: Brigitte Gabriel

The Clarion Project
Key individuals: Rabbi Raphael Shore

Top eight funders
– Donors Capital Fund
– Richard Mellon Scaife Foundations
– Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
– Newton D. & Rochelle F. Becker Foundations and Charitable Trust
– Russell Berrie Foundation
– William Rosenwald Family Fund, Middle Road Foundation, and Abstraction Fund
– Fairbrook Foundation
– Alan and Hope Winters Family Foundation

The religious right
The Eagle Forum
Key individuals: Phyllis Schlafly, Brigitte Gabriel and Frank Gaffney

The American Family Association
Key individuals: Bryan Fischer

The Tennessee Freedom Coalition
Key individuals: Lou Ann Zelenik

American Center for Law & Justice
Key individuals: Pat Robertson

Christians United for Israel
Key individuals: John Hagee

Right wing radio
– The Rush Limbaugh Show
– The Sean Hannity Show
– The Savage Nation
– The Glenn Beck Program
– The Mark Levin Show
– Focal Point

You can read the original 130-page report here:
http://www.islamagainstextremism.com/articles/dmjvg-fear-inc-the-roots-of-the-islamophobia-network-in-america.cfm

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