CBS's Weird Puff Piece on Muslim High School Football Team

Matthew Balan | September 2, 2011
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On the 2 September 2011 edition of CBS's Early Show, correspondent Jim Axelrod spotlighted a Michigan high school football team mostly made up of Muslim students and trumpeted the "the strength of this diverse community." An array of student athletes and school officials from Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan fought against a phantom of "Islamophobia" that was only vaguely described.

In covering Fordson's custom of holding August practice from midnight to 4 am to be Ramadan-friendly, and despite playing video of students praying in Arabic while in their football uniforms, Axelrod didn't raise the usual ACLU-flagged church-state issues one might find a similar story on devout Christian students upsetting "diversity" in a school setting.