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O’Reilly: Shoe-Thrower Shows ‘How Difficult It Is to Deal With Some Muslims’
12/17/2008 by Isabel Macdonald
Commenting yesterday on the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly declared that “this horrendous story points out how difficult it is to deal with some Muslims”:
Many Americans are simply fed up with these displays in the Arab world: unchecked violence, irrational thinking.
One could say that many people are fed up with displays of unchecked violence. Actually, as Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi was hurling his shoes at Bush, he explicitly cited the largest recent case of “unchecked violence in the Arab world”–the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.
If Americans are fed up with violence and irrational thinking, that’ll be bad news for O’Reilly’s ratings. The Fox host, who was recently named as one of the nation’s top purveyors of anti-Muslim smears in FAIR’s report, Smearcasting: How Islamophobes Spread Fear, Bigotry and Misinformation, responded to the attacks of September 11 by calling for the bombing of Iraq (among other countries):
Their infrastructure must be destroyed and the population made to endure yet another round of intense pain.