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O’Reilly Suggests Similarity Between Ground Zero Mosque Imam And Ahmadinejad

Reported by Ellen - September 28, 2010 -

You may recall that a few weeks ago a grim-faced Bill O’Reilly claimed to have solid evidence that the so-called Ground Zero Mosque imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is a radical. The “proof” was that an associate of Rauf’s is a 9/11 Truther. That, alone, was about as legitimate as calling the proposed Islamic cultural center that’s two blocks away from where the World Trade Center once stood the “Ground Zero Mosque.” But when O’Reilly’s producer ambushed the “truther,” - a physician named Faiz Kahn who looked about as radical as O'Reilly - it turned out he’s no longer a truther and told his stalker interviewer he has no involvement with either Rauf or the proposed Islamic center. But rather than admit there was no there there, O'Reilly segued from the ambush to a segment about Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, by saying, “In other radical Muslim news (my emphasis), the president of Iran, Ahmadinejad… apparently wore the same clothes for three straight days (during his visit to New York last week)… He also met with Minister Farrakhan and some Black Panthers.”

O’Reilly began his interview with Fox News’ Eric Shawn by playing a clip of Shawn’s previous interview with Ahmadinejad that just happened to include Shawn telling the Iranian he had insulted “millions and millions of Americans by claiming that the U.S. government had a hand in 9/11.” Get it?

O’Reilly closed his interview with Shawn by saying, “I just think there’s something wrong with that whole crew. I really do. I think they’re dangerous. I think they’d go down in flames and do whatever they could to blow the world up.” Now, I don’t claim to know who, exactly, O’Reilly meant by “that whole crew.” He could have meant the (New) Black Panthers and Minister Farrakhan who are perennially favorite Fox targets. But given that O’Reilly had lumped Khan with Ahmadinejad and Rauf with Khan and tried to portray them all as radical Muslims before that and given that as much as everyone on Fox hates the New Black Panthers and Farrakhan, I have never seen them portrayed as wanting to blow up anything, it makes me very, very suspicious that in O’Reilly’s mind, Rauf, Khan and Ahmadinejad were all of one piece.

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