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Bill O’Reilly on the “Muslim Problem”

Posted in Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , on October 26, 2010 by loonwatch

Mediaite posted an interview that O’Reilly had with Ahmed Rehab. In the interview O’Reilly spews more Islamophobic statements.

Bill O’Reilly Has ‘Gentleman’s Disagreement’ On Iranian Threat With CAIR Representative

Bill O’Reilly is not letting the issue of Muslim go, even if it cost him Joy Behar’s company on The View. O’Reilly invited Ahmed Rehab of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the program earlier tonight for a lively debate in which he accused Rehab of dodging his question on whether Iran is a threat to America, Ahmed alleged the same thing about his Iranian question, and it didn’t get much more conciliatory from there.

Rehab opened the conversation up aggressively, correcting a statement made on Friday’s Juan Williams-hosted Factor that the Muslim community had not responded to the conviction of the failed Times Square bomber. O’Reilly thanked him for the correction but once again asked Rehab to respond to what he perceives to be the biggest threat posed by the international Muslim community, the Iranian state. “Let me ask you this,” Rehab responded, “how many countries has Iran attacked in the past 50 years?” O’Reilly responded with historic notes from the Iran-Iraq War and sternly warned Rehab, “let’s not play games here.” This prompted a back-and-forth in which both parties accused the other of dodging the question, while Rehab interrupted by clarifying that he is “not a fan of the Iranian regime… I just don’t like it when you exaggerate the reality.”

O’Reilly agreed to a “gentleman’s disagreement” with Rehab on whether the “good Muslims sit it out” or are vocal enough against extremism, an incredibly agreeable tone considering the extent to which the two challenged each other’s opinions during the segment.

The conversation from tonight’s Factor via Fox News below:

 

Juan Williams Grabs His Purse When Muslims are Around

Posted in Feature, Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2010 by loonwatch

Juan Williams, a long time NPR analyst and frequent guest on Fox News has been sacked. It is major news across the media from the cable news networks to the blogs. It is a unique development, as Glenn Greenwald noted the obvious double standards involved in the mainstreaming of Islamophobia didn’t bode well for predicting such an action. It was acceptable (until yesterday?) to degrade and further anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric but NPR’s move may signal a shift in the winds.

Juan Williams FIRED: NPR Sacks Analyst Over Fox News Muslim Comments

Williams’ comments came during a discussion with Bill O’Reilly on Monday’s “O’Reilly Factor.” O’Reilly asked Williams if he had been in the wrong during his now-infamous appearance on “The View” last week. (There, O’Reilly’s statement that “Muslims killed us on 9/11″ caused Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set in anger.)

Williams replied that he thought O’Reilly had, in fact, been right. He continued:

“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”

How ironic is it to hear of Juan’s “nervousness” around Muslims? If we replaced the word Muslim with “black” how prejudiced would it sound?

I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Black garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Blacks, I get worried. I get nervous.”

The things that make you go hmmm?

While Juan is kicking himself in the butt for comments that he should have known better to never utter, it should be noted that NPR was probably waiting for an opportunity to fire Juan due to his constant appearances on Fox.

One other note is that it is interesting that the first person to get axed for disparaging and bigoted comments about Muslims is an individual from a minority group but Bill O’ReillyMarty PeretzBillKilmeade, etc. get away with such language all the time.

Juan Williams Video:

 

Whoopi Golberg and Joy Behar fight with Bill O’Reilly, walk off the set of The View

Posted in Feature, Loon-at-large with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by loonwatch

(via. IslamophobiaToday)

Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar got so angry with Bill O’Reilly while discussing the Ground Zero mosque that they both walked off the set. They later returned after Bill apologized.

From The View, Thursday 10/14/10.