Thursday, April 06, 2006

NASCAR Not Pleased With NBC Dateline

Yesterday, I posted about the sleazy attempt to create news by NBC Dateline, by sending Muslim ringers to NASCAR events, hoping to provoke and secretly videotape some juicy anti-Islamic reactions from NASCAR fans (Kudos to Michelle Malkin for letting this nasty little cat out of the bag).

NASCAR officials are not pleased that the NBC News division is hoping to make buffoons out of their fans.

NASCAR said it was “outrageous” that “Dateline NBC” targeted one of its race tracks last weekend for a possible segment on anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

NASCAR said NBC confirmed it was sending Muslim-looking men to a race, along with a camera crew to film fans’ reactions. The NBC crew was “apparently on site in Martinsville, Va., walked around and no one bothered them,” NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Wednesday.

“It is outrageous that a news organization of NBC’s stature would stoop to the level of going out to create news instead of reporting news,” Poston said.

“Any legitimate journalist in America should be embarrassed by this stunt. The obvious intent by NBC was to evoke reaction, and we are confident our fans won’t take the bait,” he said.
That's assuming that "legitimate journalist" isn't an oxymoron, and that journalists are capable of embarrassment. I haven't seen much evidence that they are. Quick, someone check with Dan Rather, Eason Jordan, John Green, and Linda Foley.

Also posted at The Jawa Report and Vince Aut Morire.