Political Influence Operation
Date: March 31, 2005
CAIR pressures a “leading conservative magazine to remove its Internet site of two books about the Islamic prophet Muhammad.” According to CAIR, the books were ‘virulently anti-Muslim” and “Islamophobic.”
To achieve its ends, CAIR sent a letter to The Boeing Company requesting that it remove its advertisements from the publication. The following is an excerpt of the letter sent by Nihad Awad, CAIR National Executive Director, to Boeing CEO, James A. Bell,
I would therefore respectfully request that Boeing address the concerns of Muslims worldwide by withdrawing its advertising support from a magazine that actively promotes anti-Muslim hate.
It is important to note that Boeing had just recently announced its plans to deliver the first two Boeing aircrafts to Emirates Airline, the official carrier of the UAE, a Muslim Gulf state.
Rather than lose Boeing as an advertiser, the magazine opted to remove the books from their online store.
Due to its foreign ties with the UAE, CAIR was able to effectively leverage its cause.