Just when you think Fox News bigotry can’t get any worse, it does. Yesterday, on The Five, Eric Bolling took a baseless swipe at Rep. Keith Ellison, calling him “very dangerous” and “the Muslim apologist in Congress.” The only person who challenged that disgusting statement was Dana Perino. “Liberal” Bob Beckel didn’t say a word.
In fact, the clip opens with Beckel criticizing Ellison’s comments on the reactions in the aftermath of the Boston bombings. Beckel said, “Religion is politics… Sharia law itself is rooted in imams and clerics who teach this stuff. …He’s just flat wrong.
Bolling chimed in. “He’s also very dangerous. He’s kind of been like the Muslim apologist in Congress for a long time he raised his right hand and took the oath of office on the Koran… I think it’s time for profiling, don’t you?”
Andrea Tantaros agreed, sneering, “Hans and Sven are not on the FBI’s most wanted list.”
Three cheers for Perino and shame on Beckel
Video below via Media Matters.
“Looks like the right type for the Soprano family.”
“Mediterranean sort of type….or even Latin?”
“Asian? Central Asian? Know his Indonesian lookalike. Sorry, I’m taking it back—seems the guy has blue eyes.”
And, perhaps my favorite:
“This face pops up across Europe and both Americas. Lots of French look like him, poor guy…” (Not only is it perhaps my favorite comment, the guy is pretty damn cute.)
There’s also a picture of a group of 8 Chechen women, with a comment that “even the one on the far end would easily pass for, let’s say, an Armenian.”
Of course, I’m guessing that I know which side Bolling was supporting during the Bosnian conflict—the side that was ethnically cleansing all those swarthy dark-complected Muslims. Oh wait. This was Bosnia—where all the Muslims looked pretty much like their Serbian Orthodox Christian neighbors. I wonder if Bolling would’ve been able to distinguish between a Bosnian Muslim and a Bosnian Serb just by looking at their faces. He seems to think profiling’s no big deal but it’s a bit harder when the “good guy” and the “bad guy” pretty much look alike.
Incidentally, I’d also love to take a random assortment of men from Israel and Palestine, strip them naked, and tape their mouths and have Bolling identify which men are Israelis and which are Palestinians. He’d then have to tell which men are Jews, which are Muslims and which are Christians. Somehow, I think he’d fail the test miserably.
How ’bout Anders — as in Anders Behring Breivik, the perpetrator of a bombing and mass shooting in Oslo, Norway that killed 77 persons in 2011?
The word “profiling” is easily interchangeable with the word “prejudice”.
I’m guessing this would not sit well with them, since the actions of a few crazies do not reflect the majority.