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NBC's Dateline has been looking to compile an episode on anti-Muslim attitudes here in the United States, and to kick things off, the news program decided to take "Muslim-looking men" and a camera crew into the Martinsville NASCAR event. We're not quite sure what the goal of this was, but you'll have to excuse us if we don't believe that they were simply expecting a friendly and accommodating environment. Fortunately for NASCAR, motorsports, and tolerant people everwhere, no incidents were reported.

NASCAR has since fired back at the network, stating that the actions of the Dateline crew were "outrageous" and that the network should be "ashamed." NBC is in the final year of an agreement to air a portion of NASCAR's events, and presumably this incident could be brought up during contract negotiations.

While Dateline has done many fine reports in the past, the program is arguably best known to auto enthusiasts as the organization that used pyrotechnics in 1993 to stage fires in an effort to demonstrate safety problems with side-saddle fuel tanks used on GM full-size trucks.

[Source: The Associated Press via AOL News]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      If they can't find news, they will make it themself. Their suppose to report news, not make news. What was their intended outcome; get the crap kicked out of the crew, name calling? It really wouldn't matter what the venue is, there could always be someone in the crowd ready to start a fight. How is this different from yelling fire in a crowded theater?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey Bill, have you looked around on the streets of any metropolitan area in the US recently? What do you see? SUVs!! Escalade EXTs with 976" chrome bling rims, Yukons with 8972345697 DVD players inside, Hummer H2's with spinners, the list goes one and on. Guns? Don't get me started... Wal-Mart? Well, not in New York, yet... NASCAR? NASCAR is shit on a stick, pal.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love it!

      Dateline goes after Billy-bob, lefty left, roundy-round.

      Please note that, although not entirely irrelevant, what happened on a show almost 13 years ago is not all that important. That's like waking up as an American and feeling sorry about seperate-but-equal laws.

      I guess I'm surprised there were no incidents, but not as surprised as I would have been if they had found some relevant technology.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Dateline is just trying to provoke something so they can just point their finger and say "look at all those flag-waving racist redneck southern Nascar fans"."

      Actually they are just trying to provoke people to watch the show because their ENTIRE PURPOSE is to sell toothpaste and tampons via commercials. Actual news is a distant second priority.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't consider this news... I already knew that NASCAR fans are knuckle-dragging, red-necked, idiots. Anyone who can watch cars go round and round a huge loop for hours has to have a few screws loose. Le Mans racing is for people with a little more intellect/interest in motorsport.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think it was very necessary to trash SOME Southerners like that. If it weren't for them we wouldn't have our current idiot-in-chief for a president. Of course I generalize but it is mostly southerners who are part of the "christian coalition" that put Bush in office and then holds his feet to the fire to make stupid decisions like banning stem cell research, or pushing for intelligent design teaching. To the Southerners who don't support that, I apologize.
      • 9 Years Ago
      wow...they arent getting desperate...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Is it any wonder that NBC has a lock on last place?
      • 9 Years Ago
      It won't be brought up at contract negotiations because they already ocurred and NBC already lost to ABC/ESPN's higher bid to carry the last 17 races or so of the season starting next year. Some have said that this may be why Dateline targeted NASCAR because they had no ties to worry about.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Next they'll unload a bus full of child molester on a YMCA playground to see what happens. This is reality television meets yellow journalism and it's scary.

      NASCAR fans should tell NBC to shove it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      When I heard of Dateline's knuckle-headed plan for this segment, I immediately boycotted NBC, which I believe is just one of a few ways that the public can attempt to get their point across. I also plan to write to NBC and Dateline producers and also to my congresspeople. As a born and bred Buckeye who transplanted to Tar Heel country two years ago, I've witnessed nothing but southern hospitality here and I'm disgusted with NBC for perpetuating racism and bigotry. They are really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one but luckily I won't be watching.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I am waiting for all the media channels in democratic countries (i.e. USA, UK, India, Australia .. rest of the democracies) to do an episode on anti-NonMuslim attitudes in the Islamic countries such as UAE, Saudi Arabia etc. Some day these channels will develop the courage to do so.

      I am sure NASCAR has its own share of bigots, most of the sports do, and that's no news.
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