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Fox News: Pope Benedict's PR Station

Reported by Janie - September 18, 2006 -

Tonight on "Special Report", Fox News Correspondent Greg Burke opened the show with a segment pertaining to the recent comments made by Pope Benedict XVI regarding the religion of Islam, which included a quote from the 14th century that has upset Muslim groups across the globe. Unfortunately, no moderate Muslims were interviewed for the segment, and Fox gave the appearance that only extremist Muslims are upset by the comments, while providing excuses for the Pope.

Burke began, " The pontiff burned in effigy in Iraq, outrage appears to be growing in the Muslim world over Pope Benedict the 16th’s comments on Islam. In London, the Muslim extremists said those who insult Islam should face capital punishment, and there are more death threats on the web."

Comment: "Here Burke is suggesting that only extremists are upset by the comments, and is pointing out only one segment of a population that has resorted to violence."

GB: "On Sunday, Pope Benedict reiterated the words he used were quotes from a 14th century dialogue, in which a Byzantine emperor criticized some of Mohammed’s teachings. Quotes, which do not express Pope Benedict’s personal thought."

Comment: Wow! Seems Burke has a special telepathic connection to the Pope, since he seems to know that the comments made by the Pope were not his "own personal thought."

GB: "The Pope apologized if Muslims were offended. But many Islamic leaders said it was not sufficient.”

The first comment on the matter by a Muslim was given by Ayatollah Khameni, of Iran, who has caused a bit of controversy here in the United States, especially at a time when the Administration is beating the war drums in regards to Iran. The point was clear - extremists and our "enemies" are the only ones upset by these comments.

Burke continued, "Churches in the West Bank have been fire bombed, and a nun was killed in Somalia as Christian minorities in Muslim countries suddenly found themselves at risk.
Pope Benedict finds himself in his first major crises after a year and a half on the job. Some analysts think perhaps the 79 year old has not quite made the transition from his old role as university professor to that of a political leaders."

Comment: Here, Burke is giving an excuse for the comments made by the Pope, and follows his statement with a quote from Phil Pullella, a journalist, to support it.

PP: " I think this speech by Pope Benedict has slipped through the cracks. I think that he was
reading it as a professor in an academic environment and he didn’t intend it to be ingested by the world media. And I don’t think that he realized the problems that it would cause."

So the Pope, in head of a massive world-wide religion is making what some consider to be offensive comments because he isn't used to being Pope yet? Isn't the Pope supposed to be infallible?

Burke went on, "While the Vatican has worked hard at clarifying church teachings on Islam, some Catholics say Pope Benedict has nothing to apologize for."

Burke backed this statement up with a quote from Kishore Jayabalan of the Acton Institute, a think tank whose treasurer happens to be Betsy DeVos, sister of far-right fundamentalist and Blackwater founder, Erik Prince (for more information on Prince, please visit here)

KJ: "The Pope doesn’t have to apologize for his citations, he doesn’t have to apologize for anything in his speech. If he should apologize for anything, it should be for overestimating
the intelligence of the people who didn’t read his talk and have reacted violently to one part of his whole discourse."

Burke issued his closing statement here, before even interviewing one single moderate (be it a moderate Muslim, or a moderate American), in order to get all sides of this story, leaving viewers with another propaganda/hate piece.