Sunday, September 19, 2010

I'm sorry, columnist tells Muslims

A senior journalist with the New York Times yesterday wrote an apology to Muslims worldwide about the misconception most Americans (including the media) harbor toward them since the Sept 11, 2001 extremist attacks.

Nicholas D Kristof, a columnist for The Times since 2001 and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week, said moderate Muslims should also speak up and work alongside moderate Americans in correcting the unbalanced view about Islam (read his article here).

"... and as a moderate myself, I’m going to take it... I hereby apologize to Muslims for the wave of bigotry and simple nuttiness that has lately been directed at you.

"The venom on the airwaves, equating Muslims with terrorists, should embarrass us more than you. Muslims are one of the last minorities in the United States that it is still possible to demean openly, and I apologize for the slurs," he wrote.

His article is, perhaps one of the most encouraging effort by the American media to neutralise the adverse general public labeling of the religion, which links Islam to terrorism. I personally commend Kristof (whom I met when he studied Arabic in Cairo in the 80s).

"I apologize to Muslims for another reason. This isn’t about them, but about us. I want to defend Muslims from intolerance, but I also want to defend America against extremists engineering a spasm of religious hatred."

(I wonder whether Malaysian media and bloggers would also apologise for some of their 'inciting' news and postings, especially with regards to race and religion).


hajjar said...


we hope to see more such effort by people like him, who deserves our appreciation and respect.

thank you, kristof!

hardcore said...

why must he took the responsibility to apologise on behalf of his fellow americans? president obama should apologise, george bush should apologise and dick cheney should apologise too!

an open apology from a journalist like him does not suffice. after all, not many muslims know him nor do read new york times!

lokomotif said...

kita hormati tulisan mat saleh ni. dia nampak ketidakadilan dalam pandangan rakyat amerika dan warga barat terhadap islam.

ketika amerika membunuh ribuan rakyat vietnam, korea dan iraq, kita tidak salahkan orang amerika tetapi pentadbirannya.

samalah ketika israel bunuh orang palestin, kita tidak salahkan orang yahudi tetapi rejim tel aviv.

lim brady said...

not easy for malaysian media to come up with any apology, jai.

they are just too proud!


si anak haram reporter akhbar cina yang bidas tun mahathir dan melayu tu, patut minta maaf.

kalau tak, dia sengaja cari nahas!

anchorman said...

hardcore, your nickname tells what kind of a person you are.

kristof is doing a noble job. dont expect each and every american to apologise!

stupid la you!

Anonymous said...

kristof ni contoh rakyat amerika yang baik. ulang... rakyat... saya tak sebut agama dia pun.

inilah yang akan membantu membersihkan nama islam, bukan nama pengganas tu.

di malaysia ni, susah orang nak mintak maaf... terutamanya media prokerajaan.


abis tu, siapa nak mintak maaf pasal 17 sept 1982 pembunuhan di sabra dan chatila?

thomas said...

who says christian are anti-muslim? the bible and quran have lots of similarity, if you read and digest both!

Anonymous said...


omar king said...

muslims in america still live in the shadow of sept 11. the askance toward them is still very, very thick.

people like kristof should be set as a precedent for trying to mend the ties between muslims and the rest of the citizens.

more journals should publish what the true islam is and make others understand that islam is not a religion of terror.

Anonymous said...

hardore takda k@nek

dato sri anvar ebrahem