Brigitte Gabriel, a Fox Fave, Falsely Claims That There is "No Sympathy in the Islamic World" for the Death of Benazir Bhutto
Reported by Melanie - December 28, 2007 -
Brigitte Gabriel, the founder of the "American Congress for Truth" and a Fox News fave, was a guest today (December 28, 2007) on Your World w/Neil Cavuto. Gabriel is a former Middle Eastern television news anchor who immigrated to the U.S. in 1989 and "started a television production and advertising company." After 9/11 she wrote a book titled, Because They Hate, and since then, Fox has treated her as an expert on the Muslim world.
Gabriel's appearances generally occur after a "terror incident," like a bombing, or the release of a new bin Laden tape or, as with today, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. She doesn't offer much in the way of insight but she's big on spreading her own kind of terror.
Today Gabriel was on to tell viewers, per the chyron, that "Terror Chat Rooms Buzzing Over Bhutto Assassination." She agreed with substitute host Terry Keenan's suggestion that we're seeing, "The same kind of victory dance we saw on the Internet after 9/11." Gabriel said the websites are calling Bhutto's death a "victory for the Islamic cause worldwide." She said, "Sadly and unfortunately, there is no sympathy in the Islamic world for Bhutto, especially on the Islamic websites." She complained that we have "not heard anything" from Muslim women, and that "we don't hear a blurb out of the Muslim community anywhere."
As Gabriel spoke, Fox went to a split screen and video showing thousands and thousands of mourners -- both women and men, some of whom were crying -- surrounding the mausoleum where Bhutto was buried.
Comment: It took me roughly 20 seconds to go to OnlineNewspapers.com and find this list of Pakistani newspapers. I clicked on the first one, A Pakistan News and found my way to this long article documenting the "strong condemnations in the Kashmir Valley" to Bhutto's assassination. If I had time to go through the roughly 200 newspapers listed, I'm sure I would find more condemnations. Insofar as Pakistan is 96.35% Muslim, give or take a few, I think it's safe to day that Gabriel's claim that "there has been no sympathy in the Islamic world" for Bhutto's death is utterly false as is her assertion that "we don't hear a blurb out of the Muslim community anywhere." Oh, and by the way, I'm willing to bet that at least a few of the mourners shown in Fox's video -- if not all of them -- were Islamic too.