Fake News outlet CNN is touting a new app launched by The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) designed for people to reported alleged "hate crimes" -- aka perceived Islamophobia.
"If you are the victim of a hate crime, what would you do?" asks CNN. "Who would you call? What are the laws in your city or state that could protect you?"
"Now, there's an app for that."
Let's see what CNN had to add after that nauseating intro:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations launched a new civil rights app this week called "Making Democracy Work for Everyone." It allows users to quickly report bias incidents they experience, "an important feature during a period of increased hate incidents targeting American Muslims and other minority groups," says a CAIR press release."It has been on the back burner for some time. It's development got accelerated though with the election of Donald Trump," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper tells CNN.
"It's on a daily basis now that we are issuing a statement about some hate crime somewhere in the country, some days multiple incidents," he said. "One of the reasons we wanted to make the app is because that's how so many young people access the world, they feel more comfortable using an app than making a phone call sometimes."
CAIR is hoping that an easier reporting process will make the number of incidents reported closer to the number that actually occur.
"A lot of these incidents go unreported so anything we can do to make it easier to report, we want to do," Hooper said.
The app's launch comes a week after a Muslim teen was attacked and killed near a Virginia Mosque. Nabra Hassanen was beaten with a bat after a road rage accident, and while it is not officially classified a hate crime, thousands have signed a petition calling on state and federal officials to investigate the youth's death as a hate crime.
Hold up. The teen's murder was carried out by Darwin Martinez Torres, a 22-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador, not a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. And, as CNN cedes, it's not been officially declared a hate crime but instead is characterized as a road rage incident.
Still, CNN "persists":
There has been an unprecedented spike in hate crimes targeting Muslims and other minority groups since the election of President Trump, according to CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad.
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization recently released a report showing a 57% increase in anti-Muslim incidents in 2016 over the previous year. This was accompanied by a 44% increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes during the same period.
This app isn't just for Muslim's [sic] though, Hooper said.
"Anybody can report," he said. "That's one thing we've noticed -- it's not just Muslim-Americans who are experiencing more hate incidents, it's all groups of minorities." Anyone who reports an incident will be helped either through CAIR or in conjunction with other organizations, according to Hooper.
How lucky it is for minorities who are "embattled" by President Trump that CAIR is there, along with the help of its PR machine, CNN.