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Despite the impending rapture, Fox News’ hosts Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck were busy with other conspiracies and causes. I am pretty sure the Fox pundits do not realize that there are actual statistics out there, instead choosing to pull random numbers out of thin air when it suits them. These same pundits pretend to be outraged when organizations such as Media Matters call them out on their made up numbers. It is a vicious cycle.
First up, we have Beck. Beck’s new project is Israel. He is planning a rally there in August. Yay, I have no idea either. President Barack Obama’s speech on the Middle East last week really set off Beck. Beck said that Obama’s Middle East policy would lead to the “destruction of Israel.” Beck also stated that policy was more proof that Obama was “not like” Beck’s viewers. He doesn’t mean race though, of course. “The key to understanding this president is colonialism,” Beck said on his show last Thursday. “And if you understand this president you will understand you are not like him. And it has nothing to do with the man’s color. It has everything to do with colonialism.”
Beck said he had previously not understood “the infatuation this president has with world change to stop the colonialists.”
Bill O’Reilly, not to be outdone by Beck’s brand of craziness, made another false statement about Muslims on his Thursday evening show. O’Reilly stated that half of the world’s Muslims want to “blow the hell” out of Muslims who want democracy and human rights. O’Reilly has always believed that the world has a “Muslim problem” and made the crazy assertion after a guest said that Obama should emphasize that there are Muslims who want liberty.
“For every Muslim in the world who wants democracy and human rights, there’s one who doesn’t,” O’Reilly responded. “And the one who doesn’t have any rules, and he’ll blow the hell out of the one who does. So that silences the good Muslims who see the danger from the Muslim world.”