Muslim Anti-American Protests Sparked by Media Coverage?

Lama Hasan on what fueled violent protests targeting US embassies.
3:00 | 09/17/12

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Thank you very much. As secretary clinton said, so many people are writing us, how can middle east mobs go on a rampage and claim they are do it because of a bizarre amateur film. We asked abc's lama hasan and asked what he's saying tonight. Reporter: This was the moment on his program, days before the protests erupted here and on the globe. When cleric khaled abdallah showed scenes from the anti muslim film. He then told viewers of his talk show it was very important to defend their faith. So we went in search of him today, finding him at the studio. Today, he says he's shocked at the fury sparked by the movie. He said he was never inciting violence and deplores it. Across the region today, there are differences in how the mainstream media and religious media are covering the story of the film and the protests. Just a few days ago, news about the anti-islam movie made headlines, but today, if we take this liberal newspaper, al shourouk, it's replaced by a story. Arabs regret the diplomacy of the marines. But another newspaper which is more religious has a slogan that says, "defend the prophet mohammed." But read a little closer, and both the religious newspapers and the mainstream media are now encouraging non violent demonstrations, while demanding the u.S. Government introduce a law to stop the defamation of islam. As for the broadcaster who was among the first to show scenes of the film, he says the rage aimed at the u.S. Which has been simmering for years, when the people here saw the movie, that anger simply boiled over. He has no regrets he tells us, but hasn't shown the movie again. Lama hasan, abc news, cairo.

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