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Grapevine Whine - Robertson vs Sharon

Reported by Nancy - January 7, 2006 -

Thursday night (1/5) on the Grapevine segment of Special Report, Brit Hume led off with a tidbit about the Reverend Marion "Pat" Robertson's ridiculous & outrageous comments concerning Israel's Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. It was actually pretty amusing watching Hume try to put some distance between GOPs & Robertson, one of the primary figures in the American Taliban. But FNC was not content with that. When Jim Angle substituted for Hume on Friday night (1/6), he also led off the Grapevine segment with another tidbit about the same story, this time noting that the White House issued a "sharp rebuke" to Robertson.

Here's "picking" #1 from Thursday (1/5):

The Reverend Pat Robertson, once a prominent figure in Republican political circles who is now better known for his exotic pronouncements, says Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was God's punishment for Sharon's willingness to concede land to the Palestinians. Robertson, you may remember, called the 9-11 terrorist attacks divine retribution for liberal groups secularizing America. But speaking on the 700 Club , Robertson said Sharon was "dividing God's land, & I would say, Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations or the United States of America." Robertson added, "God says, This land belongs to me. You better leave it alone."

Here's "picking" #1 from Friday (1/6):

Pat Robertson's suggestion that Israeli PM Ariel Sharon's stroke was divine punishment for conceding land to the Palestinians earned the TV evangelist a sharp rebuke from the White House today. Speaking on his television program, Robertson had said Sharon was "dividing God's land, & I would say, Woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course." White House Spokesman Trent Duffy called those comments "wholly inappropriate & offensive," adding they "really don't have a place in this or any other debate."

Comments: As always, begin with the language (emphasis added):

" once a prominent figure in Republican political circles" -- "once" & "prominent" in the same sentence? I don't think so. "Prominent" doesn't begin to describe Marion. He ran for the GOP nomination for President in 1988. He then founded the "Christian Coalition" & ran it until 2001.

" exotic pronouncements" -- nice euphemism for over-the-top, totally whacked-out insanity

Notice that both "pickings" manage to repeat Robertson's words. Just in case. And that by Friday, Robertson had been downgraded from " The Reverend Pat Robertson " (Hume) to merely " Pat Robertson " (Angle).

Of course neither Hume nor Angle had time to include any of Robertson's other recent idiocies, like calling for the US tp assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Nope, Special Report has actually been quite actively participating in the verbal attacks on Chavez. Nor did Hume mention Robertson's claim that, in March 2003, Bush told him he didn't expect casualties when the US invaded Iraq & that at the time Bush looked "like a contented Christian with four aces." Nope, it's much more important to drag out something Robertson said 4 years ago that just happens to blame "liberals" for something.

For those unfamiliar with his background, here's a good profile of Marion, including his links to Charles Taylor, Liberia & Al Qaeda.

And, since it's the weekend & we all probably need a laugh, read this.

Funny how Fox doesn't get quite so upset with "Christianofascists" as it does with "Islamofascists" isn't it?

If you'd like to complain to Fox about this, email: special@foxnews.com

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