Laura Ingraham was a guest host Friday night on The O’Reilly Factor. She did a brief report on the terrorist attacks that killed dozens of people in Norway. She started by saying, “In the ‘Back of the Book’ segment tonight, two deadly terror attacks in Norway, in what appears to be the work, once again, of Muslim extremists.” After this flat out blatant lie she went on to give a description of the attacks and then went straight into a segment about the planned Park51 Islamic community center near ground zero in NY 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.”
Fox News has truly turned misinformation into an art form. Not only do they tell an outright lie, they use that outright lie to try to stir up more controversy over an issue that isn’t really all that controversial, all while smearing an entire group of people. They might air a correction on the story dealing with the Norwegian terror attacks but regardless if they do or they don’t enough people have already seen the original report. There will definitely be people who will not see the correction and will spread the lie that the attacks were carried out by Muslims. Not only that but Ingram managed to connect the attacks in Norway to the Park51 Islamic cultural center, so the center will immediately conjure up images of terror attacks in people’s minds when they think of it. The same cultural center that will actually have inside it a swimming pool, restaurant, culinary school, a library, art studios, child care services, prayer space for all religions and a September 11th memorial. Doesn’t sound much like the celebratory mosque that some people are insisting it is when you take into account all the facts. Facts? How silly of me, if you were looking for facts you wouldn’t have been watching Fox in the first place.
Head over to Mediamatters.org for video of Laura liar liar pants on fire Ingram in action.