PBS's Islamic Promotional Film
Robert Spencer offers a reasonably comprehensive overview of the problems with the new PBS documentary, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. As might have been predicted, the film does nothing to educate viewers as to where, exactly, the radicals go wrong... just that they do. I'm getting to the point at which the only explanation that I can bring to mind for the failure of the more liberal forces in the media to counteract conservatives' version of the relationship between peaceful Islam and belligerent Islam with a fairer portrayal is that one doesn't exist.
I also don't know quite what to make of PBS's decision to release this film a week before Christmas. Wouldn't Ramadan have been a better religious season to adorn with the puff piece? Of course, it could be no more than a result of the various restrictions and delays that go into determining a release date, but I can't shake the feeling that there's more to it.
Posted by Justin Katz @ 11:26 AM EST