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Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Blames Norway Terror Attacks on Muslims, Links Story to Ground Zero Islamic Center

Fox News has gone Islamophobic again, and once again Fox News is dead wrong.

Filling in for regular host Bill O’Reilly, guest host Laura Ingraham, a reactionary firebrand known for her rabid opposition to the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” took the helm of The O’Reilly Factor for Friday’s (pre-taped) show. The Norwegian terror attacks were the day’s big story, and Ingraham addressed them during the ‘Back of the Book’ segment:

“Two deadly terror attacks in Norway, in what appears to be the work, once again, of Muslim extremists.” 

Only problem is, the horrific attacks, which have killed more than 90 people, were not the work of Muslim extremists. They were carried out by a Christian extremist, a right-wing Muslim-hater who targeted Norway’s left-wing government and a youth camp run for supporters of the progressive Labour Party.

As if Ingraham’s blatantly bigoted assumption wasn’t bad enough, she immediately transitioned from her (false) comments on the Norway attacks to a piece on Park51, the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (in reality, an Islamic community center). “In the meantime in New York City,” the sultaness of specious segue said, “the Muslims who want to build the mosque at Ground Zero scored a huge legal victory…” she continued on about a judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by New York firefighter Timothy Brown, who wanted construction of the project stopped.

Media Matters for America reports that by the time yesterday’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor aired, several other media outlets had already reported that the Norway terrorist, Anders Behring Breivik, was, in fact, a right-wing extremist.

In fairness to Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor was pre-recorded, and Fox wasn’t the only outlet that reported the attacks were the work of Muslims. According to Democracy Now!, Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid, The Sun, also initially attributed the attacks to Islamic jihadists, as did the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. 

As Media Matters points out, linking the Norway attacks to Park51 just because both purportedly had something to do with Muslims is flagrantly inappropriate. It is, however, completely in character for Fox News, whose chairman Roger Ailes reportedly “has a personal paranoia” about Muslims. It may be no coincidence that three of the four media outlets mentioned in this post– the Sun, the Wall Street Journal, and Fox News– are all owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Sadly, it’s not just Fox News. One is instantly reminded how in the immediate aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City terror attack on the Alfred P. Murrah federal building that killed 168 people (including 19 young children), U.S. mainstream media outlets almost universally pointed the finger at Muslims. It turned out, of course, that the horrific attack was the work of Timothy McVeigh, a right-wing Christian extremist.

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  1. Michael RiveroJuly 24, 2011 at 9:09 amReply

    I will tell you who is to blame for this massacre.

    FOX News.

    Anders Behring Breivik is 32 years old. He has spent most of his adult life saturated with the Muslim-bashing propaganda that pours daily from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire as it stretches around the globe, and indeed any and all media influenced and controlled by Zionists.

    Anders Behring Breivik has grown up being carefully taught to hate a certain group of people, just as his predecessors in 1930s Germany were carefully taught to hate a certain group of people, and just as those Germans of the 1930s became fanatical tools of the Third Reich we see in the face of Anders Behring Breivik the Fourth Reich, trained, fanatical, and ready to unleash hell across the face of the planet yet again.

    Murdoch wanted a populace brainwashed into blindly hating Muslims.

    Anders Behring Breivik is the proof that Murdoch got it.

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 24, 2011 at 11:36 amReplyAuthor

      Does Norway have any News Corp. outlets? Even if not, your point is still valid, as the Murdoch empire does indeed have a global reach. We must not discount the presence of ultra-right wing groups in Europe, either.

    • Odd JenssenJuly 25, 2011 at 1:12 pmReply

      How do you know what Breivik was ‘carefully taught’as he grew up? These firm conclusions, coming from someone who has ‘known’ Breivik for 2 days, strike me as a tad premature. It’s not informative and it’s not helpful. We Norwegians need to get to the bottom of this maniac’s psyche – and we need to do it without preconception.

      • Brett WilkinsJuly 25, 2011 at 1:32 pmReplyAuthor

        Excellent point, although Europeans have been “carefully taught” to hate Muslims for more than 1,000 years.

    • Odd JenssenJuly 25, 2011 at 3:09 pmReply

      To say that Europeans are (or have been) taught to hate certain groups the way the nazis indoctrinated t h e i r youth is ridiculous. The Fourth Reich? Trained by whom? In that case there should be millions of Breiviks waiting in the wings. And I don’t think there is. I think the Norwegian public’s reaction to the atrocity is testament to what is really carefully taught in our culture. Tolerance. Nonviolence. Democracy.

      • Brett WilkinsJuly 25, 2011 at 3:42 pmReplyAuthor

        Yes, Norwegians are a model of tolerance compared to other countries. But there is also a strong undercurrent of racism throughout Scandinavian culture. I have limited experience in Norway, but have spent considerable time in Sweden and have also visited Iceland and Denmark. In Iceland, neo-Nazis burned down the tent I was sleeping in on Vestmannaeyjar Island (I am half black and half Mexican). When they learned that I was just visiting and not an immigrant, they were actually quite cordial to me, just telling me not to make any half-black babies with the local women (who were very much interested in the only half-black, half-Mexican guy in the country). In Sweden, my many Middle Eastern and even American (but not white) friends there tell horror stories of how they are constantly subjected to racism. My best friend, a Moroccan-American, even sued the (U.S.) engineering company he worked for in in Gothenburg for racial discrimination because his Swedish boss told him he wasn’t making as much money as the Swedes there because “this isn’t America, you’re not automatically accepted here.” Some of my white Swedish friends, otherwise super-nice people, tell me with a straight face that immigrants beat their wives and bring disease to Sweden. What bullshit! There is an epidemic of domestic violence in Sweden that has nothing to do with immigrants. My dark-skinned friends in Sweden would rather speak English (even though some have lived there for 20 years) because locals discriminate against people with accented Swedish but, for some reason, like Americans. I would not have mentioned these things, believing that “he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones” (racism is very much alive and well in America), but since you mentioned the qualities of “tolerance” that your country is known for, I feel I have to share my experiences in the region.Perhaps it is different in Norway than in Sweden; if so, I apologize. Everyone knows Norway is a model of an enlightened society. I live in San Francisco, the gayest city in the world, and homosexuals cannot legally marry here like they can in your country. I am ashamed of this. Nowhere is perfect, I guess, but Norway, as a whole, is fairly close to it. Especially considering your standard of living and such. Now if you’d only stop following us into our illegal wars of imperial aggression… !

  2. pjJuly 24, 2011 at 10:04 amReply

    Seen the cover of The New York Post today? 80 kids murdered by a Mason Zionist, and the front page is Amy Crackhouse’s OD. No front page mention of Norway. Doesn’t fit the agenda.I begin to weary of all the chutzpah people.

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 24, 2011 at 11:25 amReplyAuthor

      Wonder what the Post has to say about the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal?

  3. PConJuly 24, 2011 at 10:21 amReply

    But that’s ok, because “Christian extremists” are “lone nuts”, while “Radical Muslims” are part of an international conspiracy.

  4. PConJuly 24, 2011 at 10:23 amReply

    still, i have to ask, how exactly is “Fox News Spouts Bullshit” a news-worthy headline..?

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 24, 2011 at 11:25 amReplyAuthor

      It may not be a “news-worthy headline” in the true meaning of the phrase, but don’t you feel better knowing that there are vigilant monitors out there shining light on Fox’s many lies and distortions? Sure beats agreeing with them, no?

  5. AlexJuly 24, 2011 at 12:14 pmReply

    The problem with this article is it is blatantly anti right wing and openly lies about Oklahoma City.

    There were multiple bombs in Oklahoma City that COULD NOT have been all placed by McVeigh. This is documented fact that takes TWO seconds of research to figure out

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 24, 2011 at 12:32 pmReplyAuthor

      My mention of Oklahoma City was but a side note to demonstrate the fact that the U.S. mainstream media initially blamed the attack on Muslims, just as Ms. Ingraham at Fox did. Neither attack was the work of Muslims. Your conspiracy theory (and I have heard them all) regarding McVeigh and the OKC attack is as lame as it is irrelevant, for even if McVeigh did not act alone, he was nevertheless involved, and he was a right-wing Christian terrorist. This should by no means, incidentally, suggest that I accept your conspiracy theory as valid.

  6. Big MJuly 24, 2011 at 2:33 pmReply

    Laura Ingraham is a c*** and a piece of s***.

  7. Skip BakerJuly 25, 2011 at 5:10 amReply

    The shootings were done by a bunch of Jewish Mossad shooters. One person can’t kill that many people without being attacked by the people and overcome. This guy they blamed it on is just another Oswald like when the Jews killed JFK. They now admit they murdered JFK after all these years: “Israel need not apologize for the assassination” is the official word in the Washington Jewish Week of October 1997.

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 25, 2011 at 7:54 amReplyAuthor

      Hmmm… and all those witnesses from the island are lying about who shot at them? Or perhaps the “Jewish Mossad shooters” were all selected from a pool of look-a-likes?

  8. Howard T. Lewis IIIJuly 26, 2011 at 6:27 pmReply

    Dr.Laura has been making a career out of rowing with one oar out of the water for years. Let her go.

  9. HasibJuly 30, 2011 at 11:56 pmReply

    Bush is the mastermind of 9 11 massacre. But it has been blamed on muslims

    • Brett WilkinsJuly 31, 2011 at 9:13 amReplyAuthor

      The Bush administration was guilty of many crimes, more than enough to be condemned for by history, but to blame Bush for 9/11 does not bring any sympathy to your cause. Did many in the Bush administration hope for an event like 9/11 so that they could embark on their neoconservative agenda of world domination? Yes Did Bush and pals benefit enormously from 9/11? Absolutely. But Bush is no more responsible for 9/11 than Muslims were responsible for the Oslo attacks.

  10. SitotawFebruary 9, 2012 at 5:30 pmReply

    What ever u say, the main contemporary enemy of the world is islam. U r not expected to be amazed by some sort of terror actions, like anders behring breiviks did. If there is a person who is upset by his action, then how do u judge the day to day terror attacks of islams? BREIVIKS IS A PATRIOT WHO STANDS FOR HIS COUNTRY NOT TO BE THE VICTIM OF ISLAMS TERRORS LIKE 9/11. WE r looking situations in countries where islams r portion of the population, there is always terrorism & no peace, example,NIGERIA, SENEGAL,MALI, SOMALIA,sudan,PAKISTAN,AFGANIStan, iraq, phillinns,etc. SO, BREIVIKS EVEN NEED A MEDAL FOR HIS PATRIOTIsm! THERE R A LOT OF PEOPLES LIKE HIM, but that we dont know them. They should be aknowledged!

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