A Programming Note

FOX To Air Controversial Documentary on Islam
A controversial film that PBS axed from its documentary series about the post-Sept. 11 world will be broadcast for the first time nationwide this week by the FOX News Channel.
The documentary, originally titled “Islam vs. Islamists,” was produced by ABG Films with $675,000 in public funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It was originally slated to run earlier this year as part of PBS’ “America at a Crossroads” series.
The film follows moderate Muslims who have challenged the “Islamists” who espouse a more radical view of their religion. The film shows the Islamists advocating, among other things, the imposition of Sharia law on Muslims in the West, the stoning of women who commit adultery, and even violence and terrorism.
“Islam vs. Islamists” will be seen in its entirety as part of an all-new FOX News Channel special. The 90-minute FOX program, called “Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics,” includes interviews with “Islam vs. Islamists” director and producer Martyn Burke and executive producer Frank Gaffney. It will be broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Might as well, since we’ve already paid for it.

5 Responses to “A Programming Note”

  1. Skyler says:

    I can’t wait to see it. Thanks for letting me know. Do I have to know anything about “A Streetcar Named Desire” to understand this documentary?

  2. I am going to jihad your skinny…pectorals.

  3. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Happily, no, Skyler. But you might want to review “Lawrence of Arabia” before watching the Fox special.
    Or possibly “Life of Brian”.

  4. Skyler says:

    I saw most of the special until the wife commandeered the remote and switched to some E! kind of show. I missed anything after the first hour.
    The documentary looked to be pretty good, but why they put that brainless Edie on in between segments, I can’t understand.
    I suppose she helps get the morning show on Fox good ratings, but not because she’s in the least bit professional or intelligent. Her commentary on the documentary was out of place and unilluminating.
    I wish they would have shown it uninterrupted. It was quite good without her. She’s kind of like Jar Jar Binks. The show is better if you tape it and when you play it back, just fast forward past any scene with Jar Jar, er, Edie in it.

  5. Exactly my complaint with it, too. I think it diminished the power of the piece to have her do an intro every time they went/returned from commercial break. I think the guys who made it should have had their own mini special to explain what they went through.
    And I thought ~ about an hour into it ~ if I heard her say “LIBERAL BIAS” one. More. TIME.
    I was going to run screaming into the night. Let the damn thing speak for itself! Which it could have.

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