Recently, a young woman named Zakia Belkhiri showed up to a rally being held by anti-Islam protesters, and she began taking selfies with those who had gathered. The BBC, Huffington Post, Vox, The Telegraph and many other sites praised Belkhiri for dealing with the protesters peacefully and for setting a positive example. Headlines stated: "Defiant teen [actually, she's 22] stands up to anti-Muslim protesters with amazing selfies" and “Muslim woman’s cheeky selfie with anti-Islam group goes viral.”
Disturbingly, this "reporting" included a media outlet that should have known better: Christian Today. CT says the protest was by a "far-right nationalist group". They report that she "told BBC Trending she took the photos 'to show that things can be different. And that we can live together, not next to each other but with each other.' She said her selfies had not been a form of counter-protest and she just wanted to 'share joy and peace'."
A problem arose, however, when people went to Belkhiri's social media pages and found viciously antisemitic comments. In this video, David Wood discusses Belkhiri's posts and the double standards of the media. His "accidental" naming of her as "Taqiyya" Belkhiri is a reference to the Islamic doctrine of deception, Taqiyya. In many cases it is obligatory for an observant Muslim to lie to protect fellow Muslims or Islam.
And the media wonder why some people distrust them.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? - Who will guard the guards themselves?