Live Desk Dunces?

On the very day President Obama reached out to Muslims everywhere with his speech in Cairo today, Live Desk (LD) ran a provocative story on extremist Saudi school subject matter. Certainly, it was within the ambit of the discourse of the day. However, LD followed it up with a seemingly incendiary segue song to commercials.*

Introducing the story, co-anchor Martha MacCallum said, “As President Obama seeks closer ties to the Muslim world, some of his allies on Capitol Hill are calling on the Saudi government to stop using school books that preach hate: The textbooks teach Arab children to hate Jews and to hate Christians and to promote violence against them.” According to Martha, one passage read, “The hour [of judgment] will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. [It will not come] until the Jew hides behind rocks and trees. [It will not come] until the rocks and the trees say, ‘O Muslim! O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.”

After the story ended and co-anchor Trace Gallagher promoted the upcoming segment on a girl slain in an alleged San Diego gang killing (with brief footage of fleeing pedestrians), Trace stated, “No where to hide. Next.” Then as the show went to commercial, the producers played an air of Martha and the Vandellas singing, “Nowhere to run to, baby. Nowhere to hide.”

Even if this music were meant for the next report, it would be in poor taste. However, it came in such propinquity to the prior story, it seemed to be merely a soundtrack for the Saudi text. LD’rs, put on your hats, go to the corner, and don’t come out until you know why you were sent there.

*Live Desk (06/04/09) – 2:19 p.m. ET

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