CNN's website published a bright, happy feature last week on "25 Influential American Muslims." The people profiled and given brief videos to discuss issues ranged from political figures and religious leaders to entertainers, "and they all have remarkable stories to tell," the network said.
In most cases, it's obvious that those featured carry influence in their fields. What's not always clear is whether that influence is positive.
For example, one political leader believes Jews disproportionately control American foreign policy. At least two clerics espouse harsh anti-gay sentiments rooted in their religious beliefs. Another hates the state of Israel so much, it's a disqualifying trait in any potential friend or ally.
CNN provides almost no context or background on those controversies, one of which directly and unfairly tarred one of the network's top anchors. The list was generated by interviews with more than 100 Muslim Americans, CNN said.