The problem is, of course, that the extremist in question is a Christian, not a Muslim. What’s more, FOX News had no reason to claim that the attacks were the work of Islamic terrorists, since as Media Matters points out,
Friday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor was recorded, so, despite the fact that several outlets were already reporting at the time the show aired that the suspect in the attacks was not linked to any Islamist groups, Fox News viewers were left with that impression anyway.
Watch the segment below:
To make matters worse, in the words of Media Matters, she then
immediately transitioned into a segment on Park51, the planned Islamic community center near the World Trade Center, by saying, “In the meantime, in New York City, the Muslims who want to build the mosque at Ground Zero scored a huge legal victory. A Manhattan judge dismissed a lawsuit by former New York City firefighter Timothy Brown, who was trying to stop construction of the mosque. Bill O’Reilly spoke with a lawyer for the Muslim developers yesterday.”
Because of course, according to Ingraham’s logic, building a mosque will lead to similar attacks on American shores. FOX News seems to be taking the advance of FOX News employee Sarah Palin and rather than learning from the lessons of Rupert Murdoch’s egregious misdeeds, “re-loading” instead with more of the hate and vitriol for which they’re so well known.
Using that logic, and knowing that the terrorist was a right-wing Christian, we can therefore surmise that the building of any more fundamentalist churches will lead to terrorist attacks in the United States. By her own words, fundamentalist Christianity stands condemned.
FOX News admitted on July 24 that the suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, was being described by police as a “fundamentalist Christian.” Strangely, they didn’t call for a ban on church construction. And though they identified him as a “terror” suspect they did not call the attacks themselves an act of terrorism but rather said that the police were labeling them as such.
You can well imagine how different their coverage would be if Breivik’s name and complexion were Islamic.
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