CBS political consultant Frank Luntz recently sat down with a focus group of American Muslims to hear what they think about the climate of “Islamaphobia” they say is growing in the west. However, things didn’t quite go according to plan…
Although CBS reported that the focus group wanted “to emphasize they’re American,” sources are now saying that the segment was “manipulatively edited” and that Luntz “silenced” many members of the group.
According to IJ Review, one participant named Sarah Harvard took to Facebook to slam CBS and talk about how “disappointed” she was by the entire experience:
Here’s an excerpt of what Harvard wrote:
“[Luntz] silenced me and other participants who have routinely brought up the fact the government has enacted in state violence against the Muslim community — whether that may be through entrapment cases and surveillance programs — and our concerns about institutional racism.
He shut me down when I said that President Obama and Hillary Clinton has killed many Muslims under the administration when we were discussing Trump, and ironically for a GOP strategist, he shut me down when I talked about how Democrats have enacted some of the most deadliest and discriminatory policies against Muslims…
They also cut out portions of where participants talked about media accountability when discussing Islam.”
Desperately trying to save his reputation, Luntz responded to this by saying, “I did not push as much as I normally do in these sessions, and the reason why is because I wanted the voice to be unedited.”
It looks like this focus group backfired for CBS in a major way!
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