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Fox Invites Anti-Muslim “Expert” To Lash Out Against Islamophobia Report

That Eric Bolling is a terrible host is not a new revelation. Recently he had Islamophobe Steven Emerson on his show to discuss the CAP report on the Islamophobia Network (video below). Bolling once again reveals himself to be a shill for Right-Wing anti-Muslim hacks:

“I find it hard to believe that a group of four or five people are — who are responsible for what is perceived Islamophobia. I think it has a lot more to do with 3,000 people dying at the World Trade Center 10 years ago.”

What irks me more than Bolling however is Emerson professing he is merely a “messenger.” Messengers generally don’t claim to be scholars or experts. By saying he is merely a “messenger” Emerson hopes to secure the victim card and divert attention away from any responsibility for his Islamophobic statements and actions.

It is no coincidence his Islamophobe contemporaries, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, acted the same exact way during the Norway Massacre.

Fox Invites Anti-Muslim “Expert” To Lash Out Against Islamophobia Report

August 31, 2011 2:11 am ET by Terry Krepel

Last week, the Center for American Progress published a report detailing the network of anti-Muslim “experts” who relentlessly promote Islamophobia in America, as well as the sources of their funding. One of those featured in the report, Steve Emerson, appeared on the August 30 edition of Fox Business’Follow the Money to misrepresent the report and attack CAP in an attempt to discredit the report’s claims.

Emerson said on Fox that he felt “somewhat complimented because they’re attributing to me and four other people the ability to control the minds of 300 million Americans for 15 years.” In fact, the report features a dozen “main players who conjure up and spread misinformation about American Muslims and Islam,” as well as seven major financial contributors and an echo chamber that includes the religious right, the media, politicians, and grassroots organizations.

Emerson went on to suggest that some level of Islamophobia is justified because “65 to 70 percent of all international terrorist attacks are carried out by radical Muslims, so there’s a fear based on that.” He accused CAP of quoting “terrorist organizations” and “a front group for Hamas” in its report, dismissing CAP as a “$38 million-a-year organization that looks like the Democratic Party in exile.”

Emerson also falsely suggested that the report somehow denies that Islam is used as a justification for terrorist acts:

What’s interesting here is that when it comes to looking at Islamic terrorist attacks, what they deny and what they claim is racist is the assertion that Islamic terrorism is motivated by Islamic extremist clerics, mosques, statements –

In reality, the report states:

Around the world, there are people killing people in the name of Islam, with which most Muslims disagree. Indeed, in most cases of radicalized neighbors, family members, or friends, the Muslim American community is as baffled, disturbed, and surprised by their appearance as the general public. Treating Muslim American citizens and neighbors as part of the problem, rather than part of the solution, is not only offensive to America’s core values, it is utterly ineffective in combating terrorism and violent extremism.

During his Fox appearance, Emerson also offered this bizarre comparison: “This reminds me of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion or, you know, it reminds me of someone who attacked the Southern Poverty Law Center because they attacked the Ku Klux Klan. Right? I’m the messenger.”

Emerson later said:

They believe that the only reason there exists suspicion against Islam — popular suspicion, and it’s not a majority, it’s a minority — is because of people like me who are orchestrating it like, you know, the Wizard of Oz. The bottom line is it comes from so many rampant sources — if you go on YouTube, on the Internet. Most of the Islamic organizations in the United States, they’re run by the Muslim Brotherhood or they were created by the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that believes in imposing Islam and the sharia around the world. We’re coming out with a documentary –

Host Eric Bolling echoed Emerson: “I find it hard to believe that a group of four or five people are — who are responsible for what is perceived Islamophobia. I think it has a lot more to do with 3,000 people dying at the World Trade Center 10 years ago.”

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  • Solid Snake

    Yeh, I remember papa telling all his friends to vote Bush back then. That was before the Repubs threw us under the bus. I’m not politically active but I usually agree with more left wing politics on many issues. Whats scaring me is that the Repubs want to cut funding to schools and education overall. Do you guys know what that would do to Detroit schools. They are already cutting teachers and other school officials. You have kids dropping out and getting in trouble. I just cant believe the Republicans. You take away the peoples right to education, you take away their future.

  • Snoman

    Jack Cope Says: – Most Muslims are, or at least were, Republican for years since we tend to share most of the same values (as do a lot of other minority groups). Almost all now vote Democrat along with a lot of minorities that the Republicans have been throwing under the bus these days. Odd that isn’t it?

    Thats really the strange part. Back when I was politically active, I was volunteering and working with the local Democratic party even though I hated their ideology. I remember telling some of them (and seriously offending them) that if Hillary got the ticket, I’d vote for McCain :D. The only reason was because I would’ve felt ridiculous working for the Republica party. I would’ve felt like an Irshad Manji or something…

  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.com

    HGG

    I read the sidenote, but did he corrected the story on the air, too? Because if he didn’t, he’s just weaseling out.

    I believe he has now..and you can watch the clip here at Media Matters,

    ———-
    Fox’s Bolling Corrects False Smear Of CAP Islamophobia Report
    September 02, 2011 9:16 pm ET by Terry Krepel

    UPDATE: Bolling read a similar correction on the September 2 edition of Follow the Money:

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201109020025

  • HGG

    ” Also, those are some nice catch phrases you have there”

    I wonder if people like him have all those phrases permanently in their clipboards so they can cut and paste at will. There are some commentators on JW who use the same litany of adjectives against Mohammed over and over again.

  • corey

    @lee
    how very peacemaking of you to hope a city gets nuked, mlk and ghandi should come and give you a medal for your “pacifism”.

  • http://www.bandofstrangers.org Jack Cope

    What a nice chap he is David…

    Mr Lee, why are people like you so narrow in your scope of life? Why is everything about what party you voted for all those years ago? Kinda reminds me of the guy I know who won’t go to certain places because they host Democrat events there (or on one occasion becuase it was a Cuban themed pub and they had shirts with Guevara on them for sale). It’s messed up and quite sad… I salute the guy for sticking to his ‘morals’ but I think that to make a point it’s just daft.

    And just so you know:

    - Quite a few of us here (self included) are not ‘Democrats’ nor would we vote ‘Democrat’ if we lived in the US. Heck I’m not even ‘left wing’, whatever that is when it’s at home.

    - Most Muslims are, or at least were, Republican for years since we tend to share most of the same values (as do a lot of other minority groups). Almost all now vote Democrat along with a lot of minorities that the Republicans have been throwing under the bus these days. Odd that isn’t it?

    - Also, those are some nice catch phrases you have there… very original and reminds me of the kids at pre-school who used to call me Jack Coke. I think you need to work on it but I will give you a C+ for effort.

    - Finally, it’s quite ironic that you feel that my faith is so barbaric and backwards but advocate nuking it’s Holy City. Do you know what irony is? I hope so, you can’t be that daft.

    Peace.

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    Lee
    Are you what is known as a Troll by some chance ?
    Sorry but you are going to have to be more origional to be taken seriously round here. (Yawn)
    Go back to “Atlas does drugs” and get better instructions from Pam ( Mrs McBeth ) and Bobby

  • lee

    Man these comments will be great to add along with the leader of the DNC Maxine Waters and Head of the Obama Reelection Committee who said Americans need to go to hell

    All these comments from Pro Obama backers/liberal democrats and Jew Killing Leftest socialist who back Pedophile Islam.

    i cant wait till Israel gives the Muslim Pedophile the finger and nukes Nazi Mecca and Pedophile Iran

  • HGG

    “Bolling, has now clarified his statement”

    I read the sidenote, but did he corrected the story on the air, too? Because if he didn’t, he’s just weaseling out.

  • Khushboo

    ^you’re absolutely right Umm!

  • http://ummhuraira.blogspot.com Umm Huraira

    You can’t have a debate with the Islamophobia machine. That’s like trying to have a debate with a three year old who needs a nap.

    What we need to do, however, is try to reach out to their followers, because not all of them are completely sold on what’s going on.

  • Jack

    Think Prograss has responded to the most outlandish claims made by islamophobes in their attempts to discredit the report.

    According to people like Pam Geller, Ed Lasky and Eric Bolling: the report is an antisemitic pile of dung, pulled straight out of Mein Kampf, blaming the Jews for islamophobia. Steve Emerson says in the clip posted above that the report “reminds [him] of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.

  • whatdoesitmatter

    Franczeska, that’s why they say any PR is good PR… :) the same thing happened during 9/11. Many non-muslims began learning about Islam because it was claimed that ALL muslims agreed with 9/11.

  • Franczeska

    Steve Emerson is the original Islamophobe that helped get me interested in Islam and Muslims via his 1994 PBS Shockumentary ‘Jihad in America’.

  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-islamic-inventors-changed-the-world-469452.html How Islamic inventors changed the world www.1001inventions.com

    Bolling, has now clarified his statement

    ————————
    Follow the Money Update

    I want to correct something from a segment we did the other night on Follow the Money regarding Islam in America. The topic was a report from the Center for American Progress. At one point, I read a brief passage which said the group blamed Islamophobia on “a small group of Jews and Israel supporters in America”.

    You need to know that I was reading aloud from an American Thinker magazine article critical of the group’s report and not from the report itself. Sorry for the confusion.

    Eric Bolling,
    http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/follow-money/index.html

  • HGG

    Anyone feels a need to punch Eric Bolling every time you see him? Because I do. He’s complete a*****e.

    Fox Business, as amazing as it may sound, is the more extremist version of Fox News. I’m not surprising he’s giving Emerson a platform. He has done the same to Geller a few times.

  • Garo

    Mosizzle,

    Thanks for keeping the record as it should be kept:straight.

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