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There's Never Enough Hate And Fear On Fox News - So Long As It's Directed At Their Preferred Targets

Reported by Ellen - June 3, 2009 -

Sean Hannity used the recent shooting outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas to ratchet up fear and hatred on his show last night (6/2/09). The targets were the usual scapegoats: liberals, Muslims, and Iran. Hannity made it a grand slam by tying it all in with President Obama via a suggestion – never verified – that the shooting proved that we're more vulnerable than ever to terrorism and that he's making us more so. Hannity was aided and abetted in that mission by his lone guest, the unhinged Islamophobe, Brigitte Gabriel. With video.

Nothing Gabriel said indicated she knew anything about the case of Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, an Islamic convert who shot two soldiers standing outside a military recruiting station Monday, other than that it served as fodder for another of her anti-Islamic screeds.

Hannity began with a swipe at liberals and Obama: “So much was made by the president and Eric Holder when we had the killing of this abortion doctor (Dr. George Tiller),” Hannity started off resentfully. “And here we have somebody who's a recent convert, apparently. Do you believe this was a terrorist act?” he asked Gabriel.

Of course she did. Not that she felt the need to offer any evidence, however, nor did Hannity ask for any. “This is a matter that we should be paying attention to,” Gabriel began, in her chronically hysterical voice. “Because Al Qaeda and different terrorist organizations are targeting specifically the inner cities in the United States.” Nice way to disguise the fact that she either knew nothing about the shooting or, more likely, had no specifics to tie it to Islamic terror. She went on to say that Al Qaeda is recruiting from the African American and Hispanic communities “and they are partnering, basically, with gangs... to help them commit terrorist attack in the United States, even on the individual level like what we witnessed today.”

Hannity noted that prior to the shooting, Muhammad had been investigated by the FBI's terrorist task force. “To what extent are we infiltrating these extremist mosques that exist... here in America?” he asked.

“We are infiltrating them,” Gabriel said. “And we have to give credit to President Bush for instituting such programs like the wiretapping program where we were able to find out where these terrorist cells are and monitor them.” But in case anyone might want to relax with the feeling of safety thanks to President Bush, the Lebanese-born Gabriel feverishly said, “We realize that there is SUCH (her emphases) terrorist infrastructure in the United States set up by DIFFERENT varieties of Muslim radical organizations, that may not all be Al Qaeda but they all share the same ideology and we know that MILLIONS of dollars is being funneled, basically, to these terrorist cells FROM the Middle East, helping them not only get radicalized but like in THIS CASE (sending them to Middle Eastern countries) and TRAINING THEM and making them become HARDENED individuals for specific operations in the United States.”

Gabriel seemed to be suggesting that Muhammad's crime was part of some large terrorist plot. But if she had even a shred of evidence, it's hard to believe she would not have brought it forth. Hannity didn't ask for any, either.

Also not provided nor asked for were any concrete examples of the kind of “specific (terrorist) operations in the United States” she alleged are going on.

Instead, Hannity moved on to tar President Obama. Referring to Obama's upcoming speech in Cairo, Hannity asked peevishly, “Why do I expect that it's gonna be an extension of his apology tour?” He also complained about Obama saying that Iran “has a right to go nuclear.”

According to the AP, what Obama said was, “What I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations. On the other hand, the international community has a very real interest in preventing a nuclear arms race in the region." AP noted that his comments echo remarks Obama made in Prague last month in which he said his administration would "support Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections" if Iran proves it is no longer a nuclear threat.

Predictably, Gabriel did not correct Hannity but instead used his distortion as an opening for her own, overheated, fear mongering. “It's very CONCERNING what he is talking. He is sending all the wrong signal.” She claimed to have just read an article about Obama's interview that “he gave today in France.” Actually, he gave the interview to a French reporter while he was still in the United States (he goes to France on Saturday). “And he said AMERICA is one of the GRANDEST Muslim countries in the WORLD.” She was “just shocked that he would say something like that.”

Actually, what Obama said was, “If you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.  And so there's got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.” It's hard to see what's so shocking about that - unless you're a rabid Islamophobe.

“Obviously he is PANDERING to the Muslim(s),” Gabriel screeched. “He is trying to win their approval. Meanwhile, he is appearing VERY weak which is giving a great signal to Iran.” Once again, no proof offered or asked for, as Gabriel went on to hypothesize and suggest as fact, “Why should Iran stop DEVELOPING a nuclear if, finally, they got America, and in this case the president, to say, 'You know, maybe we should be OK with them developing energy.'”

Actually, Obama is correct. Under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, Iran has the “inalienable right” to pursue nuclear energy, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. and other western countries accuse Iran of failing to abide by NPT safeguards, and of pursuing technology to produce nuclear weapons. Obama's statement about supporting Iran's nuclear energy was very clear that he would support Iran's nuclear energy so long as the rest of the world can be sure there will be no nuclear weapons. But neither “expert” Gabrielle nor host Hannity gave the audience that “balancing” information. So much for “we report, you decide.”

“I expect that the president is probably going to just continue this apology tour.” Hannity whined. He griped that the president should, instead, be pointing out all the American sacrifices that have been made for Muslims (not that Hannity ever suited up and made any).

“These are the points that President Obama needs to be PRESSING in his speeches to the Arabic world.” Gabriel dictated Obama must drive home all that America has done for them and to “protect them from their fellow Muslims, like in the case of Kuwait.”

Hannity said that he'd also like Obama to “challenge moderate Muslims to stand up against extremists.”

Gabriel agreed. She thought Obama should have said, "The moderate Muslims in the whole world should unite together to fight radicalism in their community.”

It was very surprising, indeed, to hear her say that. Because just last August, Gabriel told the New York Times that moderate Muslims “at this point are truly irrelevant.”

Meanwhile, Hannity completely ignored the signs of militia-movement type terrorism in the shooting of Dr. Tiller. The suspect, Scott Roeder, had a history of extremism and had been previously arrested and charged with having bomb-making equipment. If they were really fair and balanced, Fox would have pointed out that the incident may have validated the much-maligned-on-Fox report of the Department of Homeland Security about the rise of right-wing extremism. A truly fair and balanced presentation would have considered extremism and terrorism as a whole, from the vastly different perspectives. One gets the sense that maybe they just don't care about right-wing extremism on Fox... unless they can blame it on Obama or liberals.