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Guest Cites Fox's Fictional "24" as Evidence that Terrorists are "Out There"

Reported by Melanie - January 17, 2007 -

Former New York City police detective Bo Dietl was Neil Cavuto's guest today (January 17, 2007) on Your World. Dietl appeared along with Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini, of the Islamic Center of America, to discuss a January 7 incident in which Northwest Airlines prohibited a group of 40 Muslims from boarding a plane in Germany, after a pilgrimage to the Hajj, on their return trip to Detroit. The group said that Northwest's action was discriminatory and threatened to launch a boycott, whereupon Northwest apologized and agreed to pay for any expenses incurred as a result of the "snafu."

At one point Cavuto turned to Dietl and said, "Bo, you have a problem with Northwest apologizing, right?" to which Dietl responded:

No, I have a problem because things have changed, Hassan. We have to look at -- a bunch of Irish guys are not going to get on the plane now and blow themselves up or put themselves into buildings. The fact of the matter is, I mean, you don't watch '24?' On Fox TV? They're out there. They're out there. There are cells out there. We have to protect ourselves against them as Americans.

Comment: Either Dietl is a hack, shamelessly promoting a Fox television show; he's as ignorant as he appears, or both. Whatever happened, Cavuto, being a "journalist" and all, had an obligation to tell his audience that what appears on "24" is fictional, which he didn't do. Also, what a "coincidence" this is. Last night Keith Olbermann aired a segment with Robert Greenwald, the producer of Outfoxed, titled: "Fox Scaring You Into Watching '24?'". Maybe this is Rupert Murdoch's bullyboy way of telling both Olbermann and Greenwald to f**k off.