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Good Christian Gretchen Carlson Tells A Nasty, Hatemongering Lie About Imam Rauf?

Reported by Priscilla - September 12, 2010 -

Fox & Friends have been part of the Fox jihad (whoops crusade) against the proposed Islamic Cultural Center in NY City. Brian Kilmeade is quite open about his hatred of the “mosque” which he described, his voice dripping with contempt, as a “provocation.” Their latest bit of agit prop, shown last Friday, includes a visual aid – a map that identified where, in lower Manhattan, the remains (and DNA) of 9-11 victims were found – a map that, by coincidence (?), appeared in Rupert Murdoch’s NY Post that very morning! One wonders if this is the newest weapon in the anti “mosque” propaganda arsenal considering that 9-11 family “authority” Debra Burlingame seemed to obsess on body parts during her recent interview with Megyn Kelly on “America Live.” Hmm, I guess it’s cool if body parts (and DNA) co-exist with strip clubs, porno shops, and gay bars – but a “mosque” – FAGETTABOUTIT – because Fox & Friends has now deemed this sacred space. During Friday’s Fox & Friends show, Brian Kilmeade provided the usual Islamophobic meme that Islamic extremists will view the center as a victory monument. That wasn’t surprising. But what was really noteworthy about the segment was that Gretchen Carlson, defender of persecuted Christians and Jesus BFF, in reinforcing the latest right wing meme that Imam Rauf’s recent commentary is a “threat,” put her own spin on it - and in so doing, told what appears to be a vicious, hatemongering lie. Hmmm, aren’t there some “commandments” that address lies and bearing false witness?! Maybe the Fox & Friends krewe have been granted special dispensation to ignore them!

Good Christian sports guy Brian Kilmeade presented the map of 9-11 bones taken from the Post. He didn’t note that the Post and Fox are under the same parent company. Former weather guy and good Christian Steve Doocy channeled Fox’s favorite 9-11 family representative, Debra Burlingame, when he claimed that the Imam said that this is not Ground Zero proper because there are strip clubs in the area. Doocy mentioned that landing gear went through the roof of Park 51 and opined that “to the people who lost loved ones” this is “sacred ground.” The agitprop chyron reinforced the message: “Chilling Proof, Map Shows How Close Remains Came To Center.” (“Mosque Controversy” appended to side of chyron) Doocy, looking quite intense, repeated Burlingame’s comment about body parts when he said that “1100 people’s remains, still, to this day, haven’t been identified.” The agitprop chyron provided the message for the day: “Sacred Ground Gets Widened, Remains Found Just A Block From Mosque Site.” Former Miss America and very, very good Christian Gretchen Carlson chimed in that in trying “to wrap her head around the logic of this whole thing,” she thinks that “it almost seems now like they intended to” (Kilmeade said “yeah”) “to incite this sort of reaction from America so that they could come full circle and say what the Imam said the other night which was ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, if you move it now, we’re gonna attack you.' That statement to me is truly the most troubling statement about this entire discussion in the last couple of months and made me wonder did they do this on purpose. I would hate to think that was the case.” (WTF?!) Kilmeade echoed Doocy and Burlingame when he said that another “troubling statement” was when the Imam said *“don’t tell me it’s sacred ground, there’s deli’s and strip clubs in that area are they on sacred grounds.” The chyron: "Imam Issues Warning, Claims National Security Hinges on Moving the Mosque." Kilmeade continued, “no the problem is that strippers didn’t attack the World Trade Center. Islamic extremists did and for those extremists there will look at the Islamic Cultural Center” (he did air quotes on “cultural center”) as a monument to their victory. That’s how it will be perceived.” (And Catholics were responsible for the murder of Jews so I guess Catholic churches shouldn’t be built near synagogues, right, Brian?)

Comment: Gretchen Carlson’s lovely lips dribbled out a big, fat lie. In no way, shape or form did Imam Feisel Abdul Rauf say that “we’re gonna attack you.” He commented, in the same fashion as General David Petraeus, that the kind of Islamophobia (demonstrated in this piece), directed against the center, has security ramifications. Rauf said this: "If we move from that location, the story will be that the radicals have taken over the discourse. The headlines in the Muslim world will be that Islam is under attack.” He added, later in the interview, that "There is a certain anger here no doubt. But if we don't do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world. If we don't do things correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the Danish cartoon crisis which resulted in attacks on Danish embassies in various parts of the Muslim world. And we have a much bigger footprint in the Muslim world." As outrageous as her misquote of the Imam is Carlson’s suggestion, echoing Burlingame, that Rauf deliberately created a climate of hostility which he would be able to manipulate by “threats” and intimidation – in this case a direct threat which he, clearly, did not make. When Gretch claimed that the Imam said that “we’re gonna attack you,” was she saying, in not so subtle code, that the Imam is a violent Islamic radical? In wrapping my head around this, what she appears to be saying is that the imam deliberately inflamed sentiment against the so-called mosque in order to threaten to attack? That makes no sense – unless you’re a pretty blonde hatemongering mouthpiece for the Islamophobic right wing – as pretty, blonde and good Christian Gretchen Carlson appears to be! And that is truly "troubling!"

*Note to Brian Kilmeade - this is what the Imam said about the strip clubs: "We've got to be fair. You can't say a place that has strip joints is sacred ground. We've got to be just. We've got to speak the truth. We've got to have justice for everybody. We're a country of justice for all, not justice for non-Muslims only or some groups and not for others. This is what America's all about, Soledad." Context is important, Brian!

Stop, in the name of Fox.