The Arabist historian Bernard Lewis, who is considered safely mainstream by the media, didn’t receive much flak from it for saying several years back that the prospect of Eurabia was real. Lewis predicted that the continent would be majority-Muslim by the end of the century. They “seem to be about to take over Europe,” he said. The only question, he said, is, “Will it be an Islamized Europe or Europeanized Islam?”
But the media isn’t interested in hearing such sober points raised these days. In the wake of the Paris attacks, it has been policing discussion of Europe’s obvious Islamic immigration problem. Woe to the politician who dares broach the subject, as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is learning.
CNN has been browbeating him for discussing de facto “no-go” zones in European cities that non-Muslims and police tend to avoid. Jindal’s remarks haven’t been refuted, but the media treats them as unhinged anyways and demands to know when he will “walk them back.” For the media, the existence of such places is of less alarm than that politicians would talk about them.
Over at proudly enlightened MSNBC, guest Arsalan Iftikhar said Jindal’s remarks indicate that he “might be trying to scrub some of the brown off of his skin.”
CNN and MSNBC feel empowered to gang up on Jindal now that Fox News has apologized for its reporting on no-go zones in Europe, an apology that appears excessive in one line of it: “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either [England and France] and no credible information to support the assertion there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”