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Submitted by ubangi (United States), Aug 2, 2005 at 15:23

I agree with everything you argued about debating the cretons that some of the media feel compelled to give air time.

However, by not appearing on the program, you may give the Islamicists unfettered and unchallenged air time or may force the station to utilize a less informed and less persuasive person to represent the "other side." Also, many times TV hosts will indicate that [name], representing the other side of the argument, was invited but refused the inviation.

Is there any way to determine if the Islamicist will be allowed to spew his venom whether or not an opponent also appears? Have you thought about taking 5 seconds (which I realize is a lot of time on these shows) to denounce the station for giving the terrorist-promoter the opportunity to air his propaganda to a large audience, before responding to a question or argument?

No question, the media should not be giving voice to the Islamicists, but they're going to do it, anyway, as long as viewers do not complain to the station and to the station's advertisers. Isn't some learned and intelligent response necessary on these shows, in the meantime?
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