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New Fox Sport: Slamming Muslims

Reported by Judy - February 20, 2006

Does Neil Cavuto hate Muslims, and not just the ones that are terrorists? A Muslim who watched "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Monday (February 20, 2006) could be excused for thinking so.

Cavuto featured back-to-back segments that belittled the concerns of Muslims. The first was a discussion about whether the source of the current unrest in the Middle East is really the Danish cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed or something else. Ahmed Youns, of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, argued that the bruhaha over the cartoons really is a sign of "a sense of hopelessness and helplessness" among a segment of the societies there who feel they have been disenfranchised by free-market economies.

Cavuto's other guest, Harvey Kushner, author of Holy War on the Home Front, dismissed that as "wonderful spin" but "you can't excuse rioting, mayhen, murder, and people getting killed." Youns said he was not "excusing" it, merely trying to explain it as having economic roots rather than ultimately about some great clash of civilizations between Muslims and the West. Youns said that is the idea that Osama bin Laden promotes -- and Kushner is helping bin Laden by arguing the same thing. "You need to attack this ridiculous idea that this is sourced in religion," he said, adding that people who have jobs to go to don't stop to burn the Danish embassy on the way to work. The percentage of Muslims who hate Americans is very small, Youns said, arguing that Americans should try to bring other Muslims closer to them instead of driving them away with an imagined war between Muslims and Christians.

Cavuto paid little heed to Youns. His next guest was even worse than Kushner -- the notorious Michelle Malkin. Malkin was urging people to buy Danish products to make up for the economic hit some Danish companies are taking over the cartoon matter. "There are a lot of people who on Super Bowl Sunday traded in their Velveeta Cheese for Havarti Cheese," she said, oblivious to how ridiculous that sounded.

Malkin went on to urge Americans to take sides against Muslims and to show "solidarity for a country singled out over ridiculous purposes." She fumed about Turkey's cancellation of a contract with a Danish pharmaceutical company, saying, "A lot of people in Turkey are not going to be getting insulin over pictures."

"Over pictures?" I seem to recall a lot of conservative Republicans wanting to cut off funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities because they didn't like the work of some of the artists receiving grants. It wasn't just "pictures" in those cases. But Malkin has never been big on seeing other people's points of view.

Both segments left me thinking how Muslimes would react if they saw Cavuto's show. To phrase it the way Cavuto would, "If you buy the possibility that Cavuto hates Muslims, shouldn't he be burned in effigy in the Middle East?"

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