In its report Fear Inc., the Center for American Progress describes Fox News as an "echo chamber" for Islamophobia in its use of anti-Islamic contributors who act as "validators" for the extreme views of "Islamophobia misinformation experts" such as Steve Emerson and David Horowitz who are warmly welcomed on Fox. The report lists Fox contributor Walid Phares as a "validator" who "is touted" as an expert on Islam and notes his ties to a Lebanese militia responsible for massacres in refugee camps. Phares' big shtick is promoting the conspiracy that mainstream American Islam is really a cover for jihadist cells. So who better to scold Muslims, on Fox & Friends, about not condemning ISIS. This, of course, is a lie - but then this is also Fox & Friends.
Phares spoke about how Muslims, in the international community, should be doing "a lot" to delegitimize ISIS. Noted Muslim scholar Steve Doocy (just kidding) offered his two cents: "What about the Muslim Brotherhood? Why don't they come forward? If they are moderate as they say, c'mon let's hear you condemn ISIS." Phares actually validated Doocy by saying that this is a good opportunity for the Brotherhood to prove that they are moderate. (When playing the fear of Islam card, Fox never wastes an opportunity to bash the Muslim Brotherhood which, according to the anti-Islam crowd, is infiltrating American Muslim organizations.)
After Phares said that much more than air strikes needs to be done, he ranted about how "Washington" has not taken threats of jihadists seriously. Doocy cited the brutal beheading of James Foley and asked if "anyone around the world comes out and denounces them, aside from people here on this side of the pond and a lot of European allies.
*WHAT YOU DIDN'T HEAR ON FOX & FRIENDS:
Muslims both internationally and abroad have condemned ISIS. The Council on American-Islamic Relations says this:
"American Muslims view the actions of ISIS as un-Islamic and morally repugnant. No religion condones the murder of civilians, the beheading of religious scholars or the desecration of houses of worship. We condemn the actions of ISIS and reject its assertion that all Muslims are required to pay allegiance to its leader. CAIR strongly urges American imams and other community leaders to continue to speak out against American Muslims traveling abroad to join extremist groups and sectarian militias. While ISIS uses romanticized imagery in its propaganda materials, its human rights abuses on the ground are well-documented."
The Muslim Council of Britain has made a number of statements condemning ISIS. Their most recent one came after Foley's death. Other groups have condemned ISIS including the Islamic Society of North America.
There should be no question as to why Fox watchers are so, uh, uninformed.