In the us vs. them world of Fox News, the "us" consists of patriotic, Christian Americans who are constantly being assailed by secular, gay, and Islamic forces who get preferential treatment at the expense of said patriotic, Christian Americans. But thank God for Fox News which is there to expose this special treatment which, in the case of Muslims, just might be part of a nefarious "political agenda" originating in the Muslim symp office of our secret Muslim President. At least that's what Brain Brian "all terrorists are Muslims" Kilmeade suggested on this morning's Fox & Friends, where he advanced the latest anti-Muslim, right wing outrage over the denial, by local and national Washington DC apparatchiks, of a permit requested by bikers for their 9/11 memorial bike ride through DC - a ride that is also a counter protest to a fringe Muslim group who have a protest scheduled for today. That the Muslims got a permit and the patriotic bikers didn't could be - wait for it - part of "political agenda."
Kilmeade reported that "patriotic bikers" who planned on riding through the streets of Washington DC, in order to honor those who died on 9-11, were denied a permit to do so - but, praise Jesus, they're going to ride without the permit. He advanced the popular Fox "outrage" in referencing how the denial of the permit has "sparked outrage" because filthy Muslims were granted a permit for their rally. He showed a visual of a poster that advertised "1,000,000 Muslims March to Capitol" on 9-11." He then mentioned that the march has been renamed the "Million American March Against Fear." He introduced his guest, Belinda Bee who is a co-organizer of the biker march and a Tea Party activist whose "Tea Party Command Center" webpage calls for the impeachment of President Obama and a whole page devoted to birther and general extremist, Jerome Corsi.
Ms. Bee told Brian that the DC Park Police said that they couldn't issue the permit because it was a week-day and the ride would be disruptive to residents. She claimed that they told her that only one other group had a permit and chuckled that she had been invited to other rallies being held today.
Brian said "you're not buying it" and asked her the money question that set the message for the piece: "What do you think is behind it." (Uh, evil Muslim henchmen who are tools of the evil, Muslim, Kenyan dictator?) On cue, Bee said "you know it's a political agenda." The chyron: "Capitol Cold Shoulder, DC Denies Permit To 9/11 Biker Rally." She explained that the rally started off as 2 million bikers who were protesting the million Muslim march but then the theme was changed to a 9/11 commemoration. After Kilmeade said that the ride will proceed, she asserted that it is their constitutional right to do so because "we are the tax paying Americans." She mentioned that they will now have to stop at stop signs. She whined that if they had gotten the permit, the ride would have ended earlier.
As Kilmeade said "you're going to do stick to it," the chyron set the anti-Muslim propaganda message for the piece: "Permit Politics, Muslim Group Got Permit, Bikers Denied." Kilmeade, not a DC commuter, opined that it would be easier to allow them to ride without having to frequently stop. He thanked her for commemorating 9/11 because "so many have forgotten and you haven't and we appreciate that."
What Wasn't Said - Bee's group requested permission to ride through red lights and stop signs which would have, according to a National Park spokesperson, involved road closures. DC Police, who noted that past biker rallies were done on week-ends recommended that the rally be moved to a week-end. The denial of a permit just means that a police escort will not be provided. US Capitol Police noted that "solely to facilitate the speed and timeliness of the participants in itself does not fall within the definition of a First Amendment assembly" The Muslim permit is for 1,000 Muslims who will rally between 13th and 14th street in Northwest. Capitol Police said that the Muslim permit was requested "quite a while ago" while the bikers submitted their application on August 27th.
So political agenda? I don't think the facts support that. But hey, who needs the facts when you've got propaganda to push.
BTW, check out the Facebook page for the Biker's patriotic ride. You might notice some, uh, anti-Islamic comments.
Also funny: The fact that the still graphic for the video has these morons misspelling “Constitutional”; they left out the third “t”—truly ironic for a “tea party”-supported group.