In this WBBM report, we learn that a third grader is accusing a Chicago Public School substitute teacher of threatening to strike him with an open upraised hand. The conduct of teachers in public schools is so outrageous these days that this might be true. But we just don’t know for sure. That is why an investigation is necessary.
However, certain people, including the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the TV stations that pander to it don’t want to wait for the outcome of an investigation. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is handling the publicity for this story, will frequently get on TV to try its case in the court of public opinion. Network affiliates around the country help them do this.
For instance, it says on the WBBM website that Jermont Terry is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
Jermont is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Investigative Reporters and Editors.
NABJ reporters function as activists in newsrooms around the country, protecting the image of black Americans in the news. They also frequently assist CAIR in manipulating the media. That is what is going on in this case.
In his summation, reporter Terry says:
And while Hamas is, in fact, listed by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization, CAIR Chicago and the Ihmud family say it is unreasonable for the substitute, or anyone, constantly to try connecting all Palestinians to Hamas. That is why they want the employee terminated for targeting the third-grader.
Is this reporting or apologetics? Repeatedly, the little boy defied the teacher by saying that Hamas jihadis are not terrorists, and that the teacher was disrespecting his culture. There is little doubt that this is what his family taught him.
One might get the impression that the family wants the teacher terminated more because she disrespected Hamas than because she allegedly raised her hand to their child.
It is no surprise that the Council on American-Islamic Relations would bring a story such as this one to the newsroom. CAIR’s executive director, Nihad Awad, has said publicly that the events on October 7 made him “happy.”
There are numerous examples of CAIR broadcasting its version of events during an ongoing investigation, knowing full well that the other side cannot respond.
CAIR has weaponized the testimony of a child more than once. In one case, CAIR used the accusation of a child to get on TV and claim that a teacher disciplined a student by saying he would have to watch others eat while he fasted for Ramadan. A subsequent investigation found this to have no basis in fact.
In another case, CAIR got on TV four times or more, rumor-mongering about a teacher who was accused of mishandling a hijab. Now that this teacher is suing CAIR for defamation in New Jersey, no TV station will touch this story.
Of particular interest in this case is CAIR’s motion to dismiss the defamation suit against the organization.
CAIR’s lawyers state in CAIR’s Motion to Dismiss that everybody knows that CAIR does not really mean what it says. They are just posturing.
Context is key here. CAIR Foundation’s role as a staunch advocate for Muslim-Americans signals to readers that these underlined statements are not an assertion of objective fact, but as expressions of subjective belief and opinion from an advocate’s point of view.
CAIR is constantly manipulating the TV newscasts in which its representatives appear.
Here is CAIR manipulating the media in Olympia, Washington.
Here is CAIR manipulating the media in Georgia.
Here is CAIR manipulating the media in Missouri.
Here is CAIR manipulating the media in Minnesota.
CAIR’s call for the teacher’s termination is one manifestation of what has now become a weekly event. CAIR uses its astonishing media access to force terminations, threaten livelihoods, defame reputations, charge people with hate crimes, and more.
There are close to 50 examples of this in 2023, and over 160 total examples in the past six years. All with the willing help of TV stations such as WBBM, and reporters such as Jermont Terry.
“Family says Chicago substitute teacher targeted 3rd-grader for being Palestinian,” by Jermont Terry, CBS, December 27, 2023:
CHICAGO (CBS) — A call has been issued for a quick investigation after an 8-year-old boy said a substitute teacher made offensive and inappropriate remarks to him in class.
The boy is of Palestinian heritage. As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Wednesday night, local Islamic leaders want the Chicago Public Schools to take action now.
As CPS students finish up their winter break, the father of 8-year-old Mahmoud Ihmud said his son is scared to go back to class – with a substitute teacher accused of targeting him for being Palestinian.
“She said that Hamas are terrorists,” said Mahmoud.
Those are the words Mahmoud said his substitute teacher at Chicago Academy Elementary School, at 3400 N. Austin Ave., told him. Students were in art class when he said the sub started randomly asking their nationality.
“I was the last person. I said I was from Palestine. She said, ‘Hamas are terrorists.’ I was like, ‘That’s not true.’ She was like, ‘Yes it is,’ I was like, ‘That’s not true.’ She goes, ‘No, it’s true – and it’s true, I’m going to hit you,’” said Mahmoud.
Mahmoud said the substitute insisted on telling him, and the entire third grade class, that he Hamas was killing children.
“And then I pushed her away, and then I ran back to my desk,” said Mahmoud. “Then she raised her hand at me.”
CBS 2’s Terry asked Mahmoud to show him what the teacher did. Mahmoud demonstrated to claim the teacher raised her hand with an open palm at him.
Terry asked Mahmoud what was going through his mind when this happened.
Mahmoud: “What was going through my mind? I wanted to hit her.”
Terry: “You were mad? Why were you so mad?”
Mahmoud: “She disrespected my culture.”
“I was so mad,” said Mahmoud’s father, Tawfiq Ihmud. “For an 8-year-old boy and a teacher tell him that he knows nothing about what’s going on back home – ‘What’s Hamas? What’s terrorist.’”
Mahmoud’s father set up a meeting. He met with school administrators the Wednesday before break.
“I went to the principal, and I told him, he said, ‘I’m making a report on her right now,’” said Ihmud. “But I said, ‘What’s the reason she said to my son that?’ He said, ‘I have no answer for you right now.’”
The father said CPS launched an investigation.
“They told me they stopped her from going to that school, which is the Chicago Academy,” said Ihmud.
Yet it is unclear if the substitute teacher has been banned entirely from working within CPS while they investigate.
“She can be in other schools. There are a lot of Palestinians, Muslims all over in different schools,” said Ihmud. “They way she treated my kids – she could treat other kids the same way.”
“This is not someone that should be working with children,” said Maggie Slavin of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago….
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