Viral Video Showing New York Police Profiling Arab Men Revealed As Hoax

videoguysRecently, a YouTube video caused outrage after two filmmakers showed how they were subject to raw and insulting profiling by a New York police officer as Arabs. They posted the video and called for people to rise up against such profiling. The problem is that it turns out to be a hoax. Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar appear to have staged the entire scene. They have now achieved the very opposite of their intentions. They have undermined efforts to show that profiling is a serious and prevalent problem. Instead, many in the future may question the legitimacy of future stories or videos — much like the equally juvenile antics of the National Report that we have discussed previously.

The video below shows how a police officer was not concerned in watching the two men fight in ordinary street clothes. However, the men say that when they reenacted the same scene “just 20 minutes later” dressed in Muslim clothes, they were immediately stopped by an officer who asked them why they were dressed like Arabs and frisked them.

24.siIt was juvenile and stupid stunt that hurt those who have been fighting to get people to seriously address profiling. The men said that

“We were filming another video for our channel with our cultural clothing but we kept getting followed by Police. So, we decided to film this social experiment on racial profiling. Too many innocent people get stopped and frisked every day because of what they wear or their skin color. We’re against people stereotyping others because of what they wear or what skin color they are. Hope you all can spread the message and help bring an end to this.”

It was not a “social experiment” but a staged event.

Their manager, Bill Kanj, insists that he did not know it was a hoax until recently. In the meantime, the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has demanded an apology from the two men. CAIR previously distributed the video as an example of outrageous profiling by the NYPD.

The men may not care about the damage done to the cause. Their video operation named “TrueStoryASA” has racked up 60 million YouTube views and has more than 661,000 subscribers on the video-sharing site. Yet for real civil libertarians and videographers, this type of hoax is highly damaging and makes it more difficult to get people to trust such films in the future. “TrueStoryUSA” has now shown that you cannot always trust that such films are the true story. They further succeeded in embarrassing not just CAIR but a host of sites committed to fighting profiling. Quite a dubious achievement.

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Source: Smoking Gun

61 thoughts on “Viral Video Showing New York Police Profiling Arab Men Revealed As Hoax”

  1. Dust Bunny Queen

    In addition, resorting to name calling, trying to belittle the debating opponent, and changing the topic of discussion is a good indication of a lack of sound logical thinking. You would be getting rather poor grade if this were in an academic setting.

    And now I’m off for my volunteer librarian shift, so I won’t be responding. Try to marshal some logical arguments.
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    That is why you should quote some legal precedent and congressional studies as some of the more able commenters here have done.

    1. Able commenters do not spend the majority of their time with snarky ad hominem attacks and quoting Shakespeare from plays they have never read.

  2. In addition, resorting to name calling, trying to belittle the debating opponent, and changing the topic of discussion is a good indication of a lack of sound logical thinking. You would be getting rather poor grade if this were in an academic setting.

    And now I’m off for my volunteer librarian shift, so I won’t be responding. Try to marshal some logical arguments.

  3. So. If we postulate that there are two ways to frame the argument in the debate

    1. They made a fake video about “blat” but that doesn’t mean that “blat” doesn’t happen all the time anyway.

    2. They made a fake video about “blat” because “blat” really doesn’t happen and they had to make a fake.

    Perhaps neither argument is actually true. However, Dredd seems to only want to accept argument #1 when it pertains to concepts that he wants to be true and refuses to accept that there could be an alternate argument. This is a prime example of a closed mind. And a very poor debater 🙂

  4. “Thou art not noble; For all th’accommodations that thou bear’st are nurs’d by baseness.” – Shakespeare (Taken from: Measure for Measure)

  5. Paul, Absolutely! The Italian anti defamation League was a joke. They called for a boycott of The Godfather. How did that work out? That was a movie, written by an Italian, directed by an Italian, and starring mostly Italians.

  6. Dredd – are you speaking as someone who has racially profiled or one who has been racially profiled?

  7. Dust Bunny Queen

    We can also use the reverse logic …
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    All I see from “we” is wee logic.

    It is all reverse.

    You don’t even know that racial profiling is an epidemic.

    Do you work at the Dallas Ubola Hospital?

  8. Paul C. Schulte

    Grasshopper, you never fail to disappoint.
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    Call my bluff quackopper.

    Make my day.

  9. Dust Bunny Queen

    We can also use the reverse logic. They HAD to make a fake video because they couldn’t find any real instances to film. If there are so many instances of profiling then why make a fake video.

    I’m not saying either case is true. I’m attempting to point out the absolute lack of impartial logical thinking that seems to be prevalent.
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    And do you call revisionist history reverse history?

    What is in reverse is your logic, as shown by the following interpretive dance:

  10. We can also use the reverse logic. They HAD to make a fake video because they couldn’t find any real instances to film. If there are so many instances of profiling then why make a fake video.

    I’m not saying either case is true. I’m attempting to point out the absolute lack of impartial logical thinking that seems to be prevalent.

    1. DBQ – CAIR reminds me of when the Mafia was fronting the Italian anti-Defamation League. Remember, you couldn’t call anyone a member of the Mafia because it was anti-Italian?

  11. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znKwnULx8FA&w=420&h=315%5D

    It is very interesting to see that an effective tool in preventing terrorism is being voluntarily abandoned by the NYPD under the inspired leadership of Comrade De Blasio.

    It is all of a piece with the voluntary abandonment of the “stop and frisk” program which leads directly to incidents like the one illustrated in the video.

    Free reign to “vent” will be the rule for criminals and terrorists in NYC.

    I hope we do not have a video of a terrorist action to post because of the end of reasonable precautions being abandoned because of political correctness and extreme naivety.

    It is De Blasio time.

  12. Paul C. Schulte

    Dredd – are you qualified to practice medicine on the Internet? Or off the Internet? Just asking since you seem to be giving medical advice.

    on 1, October 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm Paul C. Schulte

    Dredd – ah, grasshopper, there is so much you have yet to learn. You still are not ready to swim in the deep water.
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    So sue me and we will see who is the grasshopper.

  13. So the answer is YES. You only apply that logic to things that you already agree with or want to be proven to be true.

    Thank you.

  14. Dust Bunny Queen

    “That the video is a hoax does not mean that the profiling by police is a hoax.”

    Let’s consider that viewpoint. That logic.

    If a hoax video of …oh….let’s say voter fraud were to be produced would you say the same thing. That the hoax video does not mean that actual voter fraud is a hoax?

    Would you apply that same logic towards any other incident…..aka.keeping an open mind…..or do you just apply that logic to positions you already agree with?
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    It would be a good way to get laughed out of court.

    “Your honor, I move that is case be dismissed because there is a video on the innettubes that has been found to be a hoax.

    That video says my client committed this crime.

    There is another video that says Heaven is real, which has reportedly been found to be a hoax.”

    “We all live in a yellow submarine matrix.” (What if There Was No Heaven)

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