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Fox News guest calls for "Muslim-Only" lines in airports

This is just despicable:

A Fox News guest proposed having a "Muslims only" line for airport travelers, an idea that "Dayside" co-host Mike Jerrick called attention to it so that viewers did not overlook the proposal. Conservative radio host Mike Gallagher suggested the idea during a segment Tuesday (August 15, 2006) with constitutional lawyer Michael Gross discussing racial profiling. "Dayside" co-host Juliet Huddy set up the debate by noting that all terrorists have been Muslim extremists, and Jerrick claimed that some people oppose racial profiling as "politically incorrect."

"It’s not just a matter of political correctness, please," responded Gross. "It’s illegal, it’s unconstitutional, unethical, immoral, it shouldn’t be done. We do not in this country prejudge a person based upon their race, creed, color, country of national origin and it’s wrong to do so and it addition it’s not effective. It doesn’t work. It actually perpetuates the problem. That is, it separates us."

Gallagher responded that Gross's statements were "absolutely absurd" and claimed that the Traffic Safety Administration is aggressively targeting uniformed members of the military. "Let's have a Muslim-only line," Gallagher said, as Gross started to talk.

Jerrick asked Gallagher to repeat what he said. "It’s time to have a Muslims check-point line in America’s airports and have Muslims be scrutinized. You better believe it, it’s time," Gallagher said, garnering tepid audience applause.

Screw you

Gross attacked the proposal as "absolutely wrong" because "most Arabs are not Muslims, most Muslims are not Arabs. You don't even have your facts straight. How would you feel if we had a line for the Irish, which the English proposed during the IRA problems?" He pleaded not to turn the United States into a "tyrannical, imperial country." Still, a woman in the audience asked a question about being "politically correct" by not allowing racial profiling.

Gallagher claimed that opposition to racial profiling amounted to not wanting to hurt people's feelings. "Most Americans want prejudice. Let’s be prejudiced against those who want to slaughter innocent American men, women and children. It’s time we start exercising some prejudice and stop these bloody terrorists," Gallagher said, this time drawing more robust applause.

Yes indeed, stop those bloody terrorists who are waiting in line to board a plane and visit friends somewhere, or even go back home. Because ALL muslim plane passengers just want nothing else in the world other than to slaughter American men, women and children right?

/sarcasm

The segment had all the attributes of a typical "fair and balanced" debate. Although Gross was effective with his comments, Fox News did all it could to favor Gallagher. Jerrick's set-up downplayed the significance of the issue by labeling opposition to racial profiling as merely "politically incorrect" rather than unconstitutional, creating a larger burden for Gross.

Then, when the two men first appeared on the screen, Gallagher's image was on the left and Gross's on the right. When Gallagher complained, Fox News flipped the images to accommodate him.

Nor did Huddy or Jerrick attempt to press Gallagher as to the specifics of the proposal. How, for example, would the airport screeners determine whether someone is a member of the Muslim religion? Or would Gallagher make all Arabs, including Christian ones, go in the "Muslim-only line"? And how do we tell who is an Arab? Jerrick might have asked Gallagher for these kinds of specifics when he asked him to repeat the proposal, but he chose not to, making the idea seem more plausible and feasible than it is.

And when it came time for the wrap-up, Jerrick went first to Gross, allowing Gallagher to go last so that his fear-mongering rhetoric could go unrebutted.

With such a lax journalistic performance, Jerrick and Huddy deserve to go from the national Fox News Channel line-up to that morning show for a Chicago station that Roger Ailes has planned for them. The sooner the better.
Well if you ask me, I'd rather have this sad excuse of a news network entirely shut down.

13 Comments:

At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger ksdrover said...

I completely agree Sphinx. I read the Qur'an as well as the Bible so what would that make me? If it actually comes to this I would have to stand in the 'Muslim-only' line for the sheer principle of it.
"Either you're with us or you're with the terrorists."? Just because I refuse to align myself with an 'immoral majority' that makes me a 'terrorist'? So be it.

Zionists must be having a good laugh as they watch these sheeple play right into their hands.

Break out the yellow stars. Or will they use some other symbol this time? The cresent perhaps?

 
At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger Shahid said...

Yeah, while we're at it, let's have a fucking line for the Jews too. [/sarcasm]

Seriously, if America is this dumb, it deserves Fox. Thankfully, half of it is not. Perhaps there should be civil war in America??? As repayment for exporting Christianist death around the whole world?

 
At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Oh.

My.

God.

The stupidest developed nation in the world strikes again.

 
At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Oh.

My.

God.

The stupidest developed nation in the world strikes again.

 
At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

You guys missed out on the big news today?

In yet another stunning episode of fear factor, speculation gets reported as fact, and long after the speculation is dis- proved, all that the proles and ditto-heads can remember is: OH MY GAWD SHE HAD A SCREWDRIVER AND A COUPLE OF LIGHTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and she wasn't even brown.
Dumbya and Unka Dick saved us again, and it's a sure thing that Lush Bimbo and crew will be flogging thier shriveled little dicks to that though tonite.(eeewwwww), But a little tidbit from the news articles that stands out to the undeniable liberal....... and it's a point that everybody will miss.........

Two F-15s were scrambled from Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod to escort the airliner, said Master Sgt. Anthony Hill, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. He said the fighter pilots can intercept, shadow or escort commercial aircraft and, if ordered, shoot down an aircraft deemed to be a threat.

Scrambling fighters to intercept, just like they did EVERY FUCKING TIME EXCEPT ON 9-11. Remember Payne Stewart?

Instead, according to an Air Force timeline, a series of military planes provided an emergency escort to the stricken Lear, beginning with a pair of F-16 Falcons from the Air National Guard at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., about 20 minutes after ground controllers lost contact.

 
At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger Digital Spy said...

Here's a dose of insanity regarding the liquid plot. From the article.

Police in the U.K. have recovered baby bottles containing peroxide, including some with false bottoms, from a recycling center close to the homes of some of the arrested suspects.

Does anyone believe that they have built these fake 'milk bottles' with secret compartments and thast they are then so stupid they leave peroxide in them and send them to a recycling centre?

 
At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger AJ said...

"It’s time to have a Muslims check-point line in America’s airports and have Muslims be scrutinized..."

I totally agree, but not to reserve this liberty of function at airports, or for that matter only for security.

We should have a nation-wide line at singles bars*:

Men:
Men just dropping in to get laid line.
Men just dropping in for a drink with some friends line.
Men just dropping in to get laid with some men friends line.

Women:

Women just dropping into appear single/available so they can get a free drink line.

Women just dropping in to get a free drink and possibly get laid to a wealthy hunk- although the hunk part is optional-line.

Women just dropping in line.(Women don't need an excuse-they can shop, get their hair done, talk about inane comments on Ophra** for hours all over lunch that also wasn't planned.)


*especially during happy hours or~hot~*** weekend nights.


**As I enjoy coming here, this is not meant for Qrswave. Please do not tell her I've been here.


***if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

 
At Wednesday, August 16, 2006, Blogger Akber said...

The idiots don't realize that if they do that, whoever wants to bomb next will make sure its team is not in that line - whether by name, skin colour or passport, or whatever.

I did not travel this week, as it was so crazy. But if asked for my religion next time, I am thinking of some options. Any hints?

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006, Blogger Stern Gang said...

Akber, you hit the screw in the groove! Don't these hate trumpeteers realize that Muslims come in all races and ethnicities? I mean, Islam has 1.5 million adherents consiting of Asians, Africans, people from the sub-continent, dark Asians from South East Asia, blonde hair blue eyes from Europe and Euroasia, Iranians are Aryans, the list goes on and on.

How is a Muslim line going to address to this diversity in Islam? As if a 'terrorist' is going to announce, "hey I'm a Muslim, yoo hooo, Mr. Gun-Ho!'

All such mantras of profiling groups never work, they only manage to maintain stereotypes.

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Lol, yes, I was watching the report about the great terrorist plot US Home Security unravelled today. The woman was having anxiety attacks from being claustrophobic. So the pilot contacted the authorities.

Lo and behold, rumors started flying, they said she had a screw driver and a had a note mentioning Osama Bin Laden. haha!

F-16's scrambled, special forces and airmarshalls stormed te airplane on the tarmac. Speeches were made to the media espousing protocols of keeping us very very safe from women having fits in their seats.

The GOP is really, beating the terror drum. I won't be surprised if we see a few more terror threats spoiled by our great government. An October surprise maybe? Those darn elections, just get in the freaking way, don't they?

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006, Blogger Stern Gang said...

Akber, you hit the screw in the groove! Don't these hate trumpeteers realize that Muslims come in all races and ethnicities? I mean, Islam has 1.5 million adherents consiting of Asians, Africans, people from the sub-continent, dark Asians from South East Asia, blonde hair blue eyes from Europe and Euroasia, Iranians are Aryans, the list goes on and on.

How is a Muslim line going to address to this diversity in Islam? As if a 'terrorist' is going to announce, "hey I'm a Muslim, yoo hooo, Mr. Gun-Ho!'

All such mantras of profiling groups never work, they only manage to maintain stereotypes.

-----

Lol, yes, I was watching the report about the great terrorist plot US Home Security unravelled today. The woman was having anxiety attacks from being claustrophobic. So the pilot contacted the authorities.

Lo and behold, rumors started flying, they said she had a screw driver and a had a note mentioning Osama Bin Laden. haha!

F-16's scrambled, special forces and airmarshalls stormed te airplane on the tarmac. Speeches were made to the media espousing protocols of keeping us very very safe from women having fits in their seats.

The GOP is really, beating the terror drum. I won't be surprised if we see a few more terror threats spoiled by our great government. An October surprise maybe? Those darn elections, just get in the freaking way, don't they?

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006, Blogger legal alien said...

How would Jews or Christians or Hindus or Buddhist feel if they had their own transportation lines esp at airports and then they could be used in airplanes if Bush and his clan wanted to target religious groups.

I feel that we are still living in the 1950s

 
At Thursday, August 17, 2006, Blogger The Sphinx said...

And to think that around here, Americans don't get profiled or put into their own lines. They're even treated better at our embassies in their own country than we are in theirs.
For shame.

 
At Friday, August 18, 2006, Blogger joseph said...

over 90% of Americans are even less intelligent than George Bush.

 

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