Marlowe's Shade

Friday, February 25, 2005

Islamic Society Chairman Sues Local Fox Affiliate

From the Boston Herald

A leader of the Islamic Society of Boston filed a defamation lawsuit yesterday against WFXT-Fox 25 News because the station broadcast a report saying he is a member of a terrorist organization known as the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dr. Yousef Abou-Allaban, a psychiatrist and chairman of the board of directors of the ISB, denies he is a member of the terrorist group. His lawsuit, which is asking for at least $4 million, claims Fox erroneously based its November 2004 report on a ``sole source,'' Dr. Ahmed Elkadi, who allegedly was president of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States between 1985 and 1995.

I love this part:

Abou-Allaban's lawsuit charges that Elkadi was severely impaired with dementia - resulting from cerebral infarctions and a hemorrhage - at the time of his interview with the Fox network local affiliate.

Which no doubt qualified him for the position as head of the MB.

The Boston Globe is eating this story up with a spoon and how can they resist?

"I felt I was victimized," Abou-Allaban said in an interview. "There have been many people in the Muslim community who have been demonized and lost their businesses. I felt my reputation had been tarnished. . . . I felt I became a walking criminal associated with a criminal like Osama bin Laden."

Mr Abou-Allaban is represented by uber-leftist lawyer Harvey Schwartz

Mr. Schwartz has an active First Amendment rights practice. He has successfully tried free speech cases in state and federal courts for a broad diversity of clients, ranging from a neo-Nazi organization denied a parade permit to a political science professor arrested for displaying a campaign sign too close to a polling place. Mr. Schwartz has been an active member of the Board of Directors of the Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and serves on that organization's case screening committee.

The irony keeps it from being a cheap shot.

You can read more on the ISB here

Now I know why I had this in my referrer log the other day:

Referring Link abou allaban brotherhood&hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1
Host Name
IP Address
Country United States
Region Massachusetts
City Dedham
ISP Foxtvbos
Returning Visits 0
Visit Length 3 hours 49 mins 58 secs

I wonder if the ISB will be suing me next?

papijoe 8:26 AM