CBS ‘put us all in boxes’ to fit narrative, says Muslim focus group participant

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When a focus group that was supposed to capture the voices of American Muslims blasting GOP candidate Donald Trump went off-script, CBS decided to simply edit the conversation to fit their narrative, according to one of the participants.

CBS hired Republican opinion pollster Frank Luntz to lead a conversation with a group of Muslims about their thoughts on Trump’s proposal to temporarily block Muslim immigration to the U.S.

The resulting segments aired on Friday’s CBS This Morning and on  Face the Nation Sunday.  CBS touted quotes from the group, describing Trump as “exploitative,” “psychopath,” and “worse than Voldemort.” That was the script they wanted.

But at least one participant revealed that much more was said in the group that never made it on air.

In a Facebook post, Sarah A. Harvard wrote that she was “disappointed to have been involved in such a disingenuous and embarrassing segment.” Harvard wrote about Luntz:

He shut me down when I said that President Obama and Hillary Clinton has killed many Muslims under the administration when we were discussing Trump, and ironically for a GOP strategist, he shut me down when I talked about how Democrats have enacted some of the most deadliest and discriminatory policies against Muslims.

Harvard wrote that CBS “cut out portions of where participants talked about media accountability when discussing Islam,” and that the focus group “tried to put all of us into boxes to fit their narrative.”

Of course they did.

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