Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier featured a segment tonight on Dutch politician Geert Wilders’ blasphemy trial in the Netherlands. (See some of NRB’s John L. Work’s posts on it here and here.)
The segment featured these descriptors of Wilders:
“A man who inspires fierce emotions.”
“Anger on the streets of London. The object of the demonstration was a recent visit by Far-Right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.”
“His Anti-Muslim rhetoric makes him a target of critics.”
“Wilders says Muslim head scarves should be banned, he’s branded the Muslim prophet Muhammed a pedophile and likened the Muslim Koran to Mein Kampf.”
The “Far-Right” label is meant to smear Wilders by trying to associate him with racist European political parties like the BNP that actually warrant the label.
“Anti-Muslim”? Try Anti-Islam. Wilders’ film Fitna, which you can view at NRB here, exposes how Islam’s first victims are always Muslims. As I’ve written before, to turn a blind eye to those victimized by Islamofacism is to be “anti-Muslim.”
Finally, the report cites three examples of Wilders’ allegedly extreme, “Far-Right” views. While whether head scarves should be banned is a matter of opinion, the last two points — Muhammad’s pedophilia and the Koran’s racist and genocidal injunctions are points of fact. (Not that even Fox News would have the political courage to acknowledge this.)
Later on Special Report they featured a panel in response to the story in which host Jim Angle questioned Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, and A.B. Stoddard. Krauthammer said that Wilders was wrong about Islam — that the Dutch politician did not see a difference between Islam and Islamism. *Rolls eyes.* So those who follow “Islam” ignore passages of the Koran and those who follow “Islamism” actually do what the book tells them to do? Is that right, Charles? Just want to make sure I’m up to speed on the preferred Orwellianisms on the Politically Correct Right.
Stoddard’s comments — she said that Wilders saw no difference between terrorist Muslims and non-violent Muslims — indicate that it’s likely that her first exposure to Wilders was the segment. And Kristol? He dismissed Wilders as a “demagogue.”
This is supposed to be the “conservative” network here and they are unable to present a single panelists who will support Wilders.
RELATED: Pamela Geller also has a related post about Glenn Beck’s show today.
I had Beck on in the background while I was working and thought he mentioned Wilders in a negative fashion. These are troubling developments, though nothing to be particularly surprised about. Despite Fox being on the ball about so many issues and being an important fighter in many political contests, all too often it — like others in the Conservative Movement — has shown a tragic deficiency of understanding when it comes to our war with Islamic Nazism.