Walid Shoebat spoke at a Department of Homeland Security event in Rapid City South Dakota on May 11th. It was not promoted outside that state but the terrorist front group Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) had been calling on DHS to ban former Palestinian terrorist and anti-Islamic fundamentalist, Walid Shoebat from speaking there.
Shoebat – This stinks of the usual suspect, spokesterrorist Ibrahim Hooper, from CAIR . No other major national media showed interest in the conference except CNN. Typically CNN ignores Walid and gives him little if any air time. CNN sent two investigative journalists Kathleen Johnston and Drew Griffin to cover the conference from Atlanta GA which is a long way to travel to visit a small conference in a state with such low population.
The only conclusion is that CNN was tipped off to this event by CAIR and jumped to their rescue. CAIR’s obvious strategy is to discredit people like Walid Shoebat so that the truth does not get to the American people.
Another very curious development took place when Johnson and Griffin stated to the DHS that they were interested in reporting on the whole conference; Shoebat was one of several speakers. However, CNN focused exclusively on Shoebat’s speeches and only wished to interview him and Keith Davies the manager for Mr Shoebat’s foundations.
The questions directed to both had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism or how America can stop terrorism. No questions were asked based on the content of his four hours of lectures By Mr. Shoebat.
It appeared that the whole purpose of the trip from Atlanta by CNN was to come to the rescue of CAIR. CNN’s presence was clearly intended to smear Shoebat. The question needing to be asked is how involved was CAIR in that attempt. It will be very revealing once the report is shown on their network.