Thursday, April 06, 2006

Dateline NBC targets NASCAR

Let's start by citing what I'm talking about. From ESPN.Com:

NASCAR outraged by 'Dateline' racial story approach: 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. NASCAR is in the final year of a broadcasting agreement with NBC Sports. "'Dateline' is looking into this story," NBC said in a statement. "We were intrigued by the results of a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll and other articles regarding increasing anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States. "It's very early on in our newsgathering process, but be assured we will be visiting a number of locations across the country and are confident that our reporting team is pursuing this story in a fair manner," it said.(ESPN.com/AP)(4-6-2006)

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If you want to illustrate more media absurdity and bias here is a great example. Dateline NBC "planted" Muslim looking Americans at the last NASCAR race in Martinsville VA to see what reaction it would get from its fans. Now, I see this for what it is. NASCAR fans are looked at as Conservative, hillbillies, ignorant rednecks and bigots and I figure Dateline figured it would get the reaction they wanted, by proving the results of a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll and other articles regarding increasing anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States.

I have a couple questions for NBC. First NBC is a huge sponsor and has a contract with NASCAR... NASCAR is one of the HOTTEST and fastests growing sports right now why would you attack and try to discriminate the fans you hope to draw in the second half of the NASCAR season. I have also heard that Brian Williams, of NBC Nightly News, is a HUGE NASCAR Fan.

Plus, we all know why they went to a NASCAR race not the "Mall of Americas" which would have a better make-up of all america... Instead they figured they would get the results they wanted at a NASCAR Race based on their own BIASED view of NASCAR.

As a NASCAR fan, I am quite offended by NBC's viewpoint of us fans. They assume we're uneducated idiots. When in reality, most NASCAR fans are college educated. I mean, look at the drivers....Ryan Newman, a fellow South Bend native and Purdue Grad.has an Engineering degree! I know he's not the only one, either. But, c'mon! To assume we are dense and dim-witted....PLEASE!

What really agrivates me is that NBC did this to be able to prove that what they think about us is true! To be honest, I hope that NASCAR pulls their contract!

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