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NASCAR 'outraged' about targeting of track - and fans - for 'Dateline NBC' segment

By JENNA FRYER

The Associated Press

 

NASCAR said it was "outrageous" that "Dateline NBC" targeted one of its race tracks last weekend for a possible segment on anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

 

NASCAR said NBC confirmed it was sending Muslim-looking men to a race, along with a camera crew to film fans' reactions. The NBC crew was "apparently on site in Martinsville, Va., walked around and no one bothered them," NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Wednesday.

 

"It is outrageous that a news organization of NBC's stature would stoop to the level of going out to create news instead of reporting news," Poston said.

 

"Any legitimate journalist in America should be embarrassed by this stunt. The obvious intent by NBC was to evoke reaction, and we are confident our fans won't take the bait," he said.

 

NASCAR is in the final year of a broadcasting agreement with NBC Sports.

 

"'Dateline' is looking into this story," NBC said in a statement. "We were intrigued by the results of a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll and other articles regarding increasing anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States.

 

"It's very early on in our newsgathering process, but be assured we will be visiting a number of locations across the country and are confident that our reporting team is pursuing this story in a fair manner," it said.

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Race mixing? Oh no! NBC was just asking for trouble sending a non-white person to a NASCAR event. There is no reason a muslim should be at a NASCAR track everyone knows they wouldn't go on their own. :plain Props to the talking head at ignoring the good news here, nothing happened! Instead of knocking NBC they should thank them for proving their fan base is progessive thinking and wouldn't pick on someone that doesn't look like them. God forbid Dateline actually points that out. Oh maybe NASCAR hates good news. Stupid liberal NASCAR.

 

Also this guy bashes them for "making news" I wonder if he shuns Dateline and the others when they do the stings against sexual predators, or mechanic stings or when they catch those people cheating on insurance. I bet he also loves that show Black.White .

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Race mixing? Oh no! NBC was just asking for trouble sending a non-white person to a NASCAR event. There is no reason a muslim should be at a NASCAR track everyone knows they wouldn't go on their own. :plain Props to the talking head at ignoring the good news here, nothing happened! Instead of knocking NBC they should thank them for proving their fan base is progessive thinking and wouldn't pick on someone that doesn't look like them. God forbid Dateline actually points that out. Oh maybe NASCAR hates good news. Stupid liberal NASCAR.

 

Also this guy bashes them for "making news" I wonder if he shuns Dateline and the others when they do the stings against sexual predators, or mechanic stings or when they catch those people cheating on insurance. I bet he also loves that show Black.White .

 

How many screen names have you made on here PhishPhan?

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