Making the anti-Muslim fringe mainstream

“Oh dear, Martha — them Muslims are going to build a mosque, and before you know it, we’ll be living under sharia law!”

So how are we journalists correcting this misconception? Oh, we’re not. We’re just not. Here’s the depressing evidence:

Meanwhile, looking at IRS disclosure forms, he found that over time, fringe groups increasingly shared board members and personal ties with mainstream conservative groups like the American Enterprise Institute as their views were mainstreamed by the media.