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Ahmadinejad's request to formally visit Ground Zero in NYC termed "bizarre;" FOX Friends think he is a "dictator"

Reported by Chrish - September 20, 2007 -

Eric Shawn reported from southern Manhattan this morning that Iranian President Ahmadinejad's request to be allowed to lay a wreath at the WTC site was denied by the NYPD because it is a construction site now, and for "security concerns." It was speculated that he could hop in a cab and go to the designated tourist spot on his own, but the Friends didn't think that would be wise.

Steve Doocy read an email from a viewer who responded to their question earlier, "Let him go, or hell no?" Of course the chosen email was from someone who said hell no, and who wondered who Ahmadinejad would be laying the wreath in honor of - the victims, or the perpetrators? Gretchen Carlson concurred - "it's so absurd that it's even being considered - I think it's absurd that this guy can speak before the General Assembly" (at the UN Sunday). Kilmeade reminded her that when we took the UN in here, we basically said, whoever's leading the country, you're allowed." Carlson replied "Yeah, well, we should have said 'Dictators not allowed' and Doocy agreed, "There you go."


Note to Carlson and Doocy - Ahmadinejad is not a "dictator" by any stretch. According to Wikipedia (sources cited below):

He is the highest directly elected official in the country, but, according to Article 113 of Constitution of Iran, he has less total power than the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Iran and has the final word in all aspects of foreign and domestic policies.[3][4]

3. SalamIran - IRI's Constitution - see Article 113.
4. Chomsky, Noam (March 9, 2007). A Predator Becomes More Dangerous When Wounded. Comment Is Free. The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2007-03-20. Retrieved on 2007-03-28. “It is also necessary to demonise the leadership. In the west, any wild statement by President Ahmadinejad is circulated in headlines, dubiously translated. But Ahmadinejad has no control over foreign policy, which is in the hands of his superior, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The US media tend to ignore Khamenei's statements, especially if they are conciliatory. It's widely reported when Ahmadinejad says Israel shouldn't exist - but there is silence when Khamenei says that Iran supports the Arab League position on Israel-Palestine, calling for normalisation of relations with Israel if it accepts the international consensus of a two-state settlement.”

In their bloodlust to ramp up support for an attack on Iran FOX is repeating the lie that Ahmadinejad himself poses a threat, much the same as they portrayed Saddam Hussein.

Headline reader Paige Hopkins segued from that segment with "Speaking of terrorists..." and reported on the alleged new tapes from Ayman al Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden. Subtle as a Mack truck.