August 24, 2010

A RATINGS-WHORE AND THE TRUTH ARE SOON SEPARATED:

Glenn Beck spoke of ‘good Muslims’ with Imam Rauf in ’06 (Michael Calderone, 8/23/10, Yahoo)

On Fox News and the radio, Beck has tried to link Rauf to radical Islamic organizations, including Hamas.

But Beck didn't always speak so harshly about Rauf, who's been a prayer leader at a mosque 12 blocks from the World Trade Center site for decades and is widely considered a moderate Muslim. In fact, Rauf worked with the FBI on counterterrorism during the Bush years and is currently on a State Department-sponsored trip speaking out against extremism in the Muslim world.

Beck and Rauf aren't strangers. In 2006, they sat down for an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America." Liberal watchdog group Media Matters — which frequently targets Beck and other conservative hosts — unearthed the 7-plus-minute sit-down and blasted it out on Monday.

At the time, Beck spoke out strongly against Islamic terrorism while also praising "good Muslims." It appears that he gestures toward Rauf when making that comment.

The discussion is worth watching as reminder that civil debate is possible over issues of Islamic radicalism and religious tolerance. It also serves as a stark contrast to some of the overheated cable debates regarding the Park51 project over the past few months.


The facts don't sell soap.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2010 5:59 AM
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