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Mosque Madness –The Murdoch/Pam Geller Nexus

Reported by Priscilla - August 18, 2010 -

The type of commentary, about the proposed NY City Islamic cultural center, coming from the right wing and their Fox News mouthpiece, seems to be another manifestation of that fine, American tradition of inflaming base bigotry toward those seen as foreign or different. That urge for scapegoating is frequently seen on Fox “News” which has lots of card in its “fear of…” deck. Lately, they’ve been playing the fear of radical Islam card in their coverage of the Manhattan mosque. Salon has an excellent timeline of how this mosque hysteria developed from the initial article in the NY Times (12-2009), which cited how two Jewish leaders and a 9-11 family member supported it, to a May article in Murdoch’s NY Post (May 2010) with the banner headline about the “WTC Mosque” and Geller’s article, the same day, titled “Monster Mosque Pushes Ahead in Shadow of World Trade Center Islamic Death and Destruction." Geller then reported on her upcoming protest against the mosque. Shortly after, Andrea Peyser of the NY Post wrote that the mosque “was a mistake.” She followed this short piece with a lengthy article about “Mosque Madness at Ground Zero.” At that point, “the mosque story spread through the conservative — and then mainstream — media like fire through dry grass” with Geller appearing on Hannity and various right wing media outlets picking up the story. From there the rest is Fox “News” history as Fox provided a “megaphone” for those opposed to the mosque including Fox talking heads like Brian Kilmeade who says that the mosque is a “provocation” and who promoted 2 anti-mosque petitions. Fox “News” dubbed anti-mosque right wing Obama/Islam/immigrant hater Debra Burlingame an official spokesperson for the 9-11 families. The Fox hate site, “Fox Nation,” fanned the flames. And so it goes. The fear of Islam card was well played by Murdoch, in tandem with Geller and her fellow professional Islamophobes. Thing is, it isn’t a winning hand. America is better than that!