In CBS News anchor Katie Couric’s “2010 in Review,” the primetime news host discusses what she dubs the “top stories” of the year, including apparent rampant Islamophobia and Americans’ “seething hatred” of Muslims. To help ease tensions, Couric suggests a “Muslim version of the ‘Cosby Show’”:
I also think sort of the chasm, between, or the bigotry expressed against Muslims in this country has been one of the most disturbing stories to surface this year. Of course, a lot of noise was made about the Islamic Center, mosque, down near the World Trade Center, but I think there wasn’t enough sort of careful analysis and evaluation of where this bigotry toward 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, and how this seething hatred many people feel for all Muslims, which I think is so misdirected, and so wrong — and so disappointing. …
Maybe we need a Muslim version of The Cosby Show.
I know that sounds crazy, I know that sounds crazy. But The Cosby Show did so much to change attitudes about African-Americans in this country, and I think sometimes people are afraid of what they don’t understand…
As Newsbusters points out, this isn’t the first time Couric has climbed atop her high horse. Earlier this year, Couric denounced America’s so-called Islamophobes:
It might be Islamophobia, Obamaphobia, or both, but when loud speakers are blaring ‘Born in the USA’ and signs say ‘No Clubhouse for Terrorists,’ it’s clear we aren’t just talking about a mosque anymore. There is a debate to be had about the sensitivity of building this center so close to Ground Zero. But we can not let fear and rage tear down the towers of our core American values.
Here’s Couric’s full discussion with Politico’s Jonathan Martin, comedian Mo Rocca and Sheryl Huggins-Salomon of theroot.com, the portion in question coming at about 22:40: