You can bet that if an atheist group did a documentary which ascribed the Catholic Church's pedophilia scandal to Catholic theology, Fox News would be consumed with righteous outrage. Yet, when Muslims voiced their concerns about the agenda behind what they feel is an agenda driven movie, "Honor Diaries," which purports to show that domestic violence against Muslim women is intrinsic to Islam, Fox News launched a full scale attack against those critics. Most of the attacks were directed against the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which feels that the film isn't exactly fair and balanced. Last night, Megyn Kelly underscored why Fox has been described as an "echo chamber" for America's Islamophobic cottage industry. In continuing to defame the film's critics, including CAIR, she saved her most potent venom for a woman who has tangential connections to the White House. So not only did she get to attack Linda Sasour; but she was able to play guilt by association ("palling around with terrorist?") too. Good times!
Before she spoke, Kelly opened with the same "Honor Diaries" video that has been used in each Fox segment. The video features a Muslim woman, in what appears to be either Pakistan or Afghanistan, being whipped after which pro-Israeli, sleep specialist Dr. Qanta Ahmed ascribes the problem to "systematic and institutional misogyny." Kelly explained that this video was from a movie that "aims to expose the practice of honor violence experienced by some Muslim women." When she said that the film has "come under attack for its "exposure," she lied because, as her CAIR guest pointed out, Muslims do not dispute the existence of the violence; but rather have an issue over how its anti-Islamic filmmaker, the Clarion Fund, spins the issue in order to denigrate Islam.
Kelly identified an opponent of the film, Linda Sarsour, who is a political activist and a (eww) community activist "who has been railing against" the film. Kelly continued her shocking expose of Sarsour's "connections" including her having been named a "champion of change" by OMG the White House. Kelly shouted as she reported that Sarsour couldn't come on the Kelly File because she was OMG meeting with Nancy Pelosi. Without noting National Review's conservative creds, she introduced her guest Andrew McCarthy who writes for the National Review and really, who better to discuss Islam and women than a rabidly partisan right wing ideologue who has accused the President of supporting infanticide. But as a former assistant US attorney, he did prosecute terrorists and has authored books about scary jihad so it's all good.
The chyron reinforced the "connection" that Fox wants you to know about: "WH Champ of Change, Linda Sarsour Has Railed Against Film and Its Stars." After Kelly repeated Sarsour's "ties to the administration," she added, loudly, "and yet she can't stand this film apparently that means to call attention to the plight of Muslim women." McCarthy went straight for the propaganda jugular with his claim that "she's in league" with Islamist supremacist thinkers" who want to hide the violence. He accused her of "rabidly attacking" those in the film. Kelly wanted to know why the White House didn't check Sarsour's biography and asked why it still supports her even after she "has been ripping on this film which aims to protest women who are Muslim..." Kelly then ripped on one of Sarsour's tweets.
Kelly accused CAIR of trying to shut down the film and being "a front for Muslim Brotherhood type folks." The aforementioned movie scene, featuring the woman getting whipped, was shown while she spoke. McCarthy validated Kelly's claims about CAIR as the chyron proclaimed "Critic of Honor Diaries Film Has Ties to White House." Kelly mentioned that CAIR has succeeded in shutting down the film at several colleges. She referenced McCarthy's NRO article ("Jihad Against Honor Diaries") which claims that a CAIR donor supports violence against Islamic women. McCarthy concluded that people should see the film because it highlights an important issue. Kelly segued back to Sarsour who "couldn't tell me what about the film she didn't like, she just kept going after the makers of the film suggesting they're Islamophobic and yet they're successful in getting this thing shut down..."
Pretty slick. Kelly makes the bogus claim that those who oppose the movie endorse violence towards women when, in fact, they are concerned that the anti-Islamic filmmaker, the Clarion Fund (founded by an ultra Orthodox rabbi), is using this issue to further denigrate Islam which it did with their movie "Obsession." Not only does she attack CAIR; but, in attacking, one of the film's opponents, she attacks the White House.
And Megyn Kelly thinks that Fox is the "only place people can go right now for fair and balanced news." Seriously?!!!!
You do know that Obama objected to the legislation because he thought it would encroach on a woman’s right to choose, because he thought doctors could be trusted to treat such infants appropriately without the additional legislation and because a state law already in place in Illinois protected infants born alive after a late-term abortion procedure, don’t you?
Nobody is saying that ALL Muslims are doing this shit, but wake the hell up and see who is doing ALL the acts of it and see how few voices from mainstream Islam and “organizations” such as CAIR, or the Lamestream media are saying ANYTHING about it.
Fox is far from perfect, but if you think any of the Lamestream news organizations are better you are seriously deluded. Fox spins right – yeah OK, water is wet too. Everybody else spins left. So several left spining news sources versus ONE right spinning news source, and they’re somehow bogus? Hard to deal with those who dissent, isn’t it??