Protesters Denounce Oregonian's Decision to Include Controversial DVD in Sunday Paper

September 29, 2008

Author: Noelle Crombie

Source: The Oregonian

Dozens of people gathered in front of The Oregonian building this morning to protest the inclusion of an hourlong DVD that some consider anti-Islam propaganda in the Sunday paper.

Dozens of protestors gathered in front of The Oregonian building Monday morning to denounce the inclusion of a DVD they perceive as anti-Islam propaganda in the Sunday edition of the newspaper.

The DVD, "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West," was produced by a New York nonprofit called the Clarion Fund and was distributed as paid advertising in The Sunday Oregonian.

Muslims and scholars of Islam in Oregon and across the country denounce the DVD as divisive Muslim-bashing propaganda designed to foment fear among Americans, bolster support for Israel and sway the presidential election in candidate John McCain's favor.

Fred Stickel, publisher of The Oregonian, said the newspaper is treating the DVD as it does other paid advertising or product inserts.