Fox Turns On Wilders


If there is one major news outlet that would be expected to leap to the defense of free speech when that vital linchpin of liberty is under attack, one would expect that Fox News would be the one organization to do so. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that the Obama administration tried to cut Fox out of access to the White House. To their credit, Fox’s competitors leapt to defend – not Fox, whom the rest of the mainstream networks despise – but free speech. That episode makes the way that all the networks, and Fox in particular, are ignoring the Geert Wilders trial so troubling and, in the case of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., rather mystifying, at least until one scratches the surface a bit.

Nobody expects CNN, ABC, NBC, etc. to cover the Wilders trial because those networks have established beyond any reasonable doubt that they are not going to cover issues related to Islam if the story in question doesn’t fit neatly within their “Islam isn’t the problem, it’s just a few explosive bad apples” narrative. Journalists who bend over backward to disconnect Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan from his jihadist inspirations aren’t likely to care about a political leader living across the pond who is obviously nothing more than a fringe, right-wing Islamophobe. But Fox? We’ve come to expect more from Fox. Perhaps it’s time to start expecting less, at least when issues involving Islam are involved.

What’s ironic about Fox ignoring the Wilders’ story is that the most important part of the attack on this Dutch politician doesn’t involve Islam at all, not really. If Fox editors and pundits honestly believe that Wilders is a fringe politician, spouting paranoid nonsense, fine. They’re wrong, but their opinion of Wilders and his ideas are irrelevant. What’s at stake here is a principle that is vital to western civilization: the basic right of free peoples to formulate and express their ideas, even when one finds those ideas abhorrent.

In addition to ignoring the fact that free speech is on trial in the Netherlands, some Fox commentators have recently attacked Wilders and his ideas, the implication being that even if a viewer is astute enough to realize that this Dutch politician is on trial for what he has said, Wilders is merely a nut job who’s not worth worrying about anyway. On March 9 Glenn Beck characterized Wilders as a “far right” politician, then when on to ominously observe that “the left – in Europe – is communism; the right is fascism – in Europe.” A first grader could connect those particular dots, as Beck intended. This is the same Glenn Beck who, a year ago, welcomed Wilders on his show and was downright sympathetic to the attacks on Wilders’ right to free speech that the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party had endured. Wilders experience, Beck declared, was a warning to America: “If you want to see what our future looks like, all you need to is look to Europe.”

Beck has apparently forgotten what he said, or has decided that free speech isn’t really that important a principle after all. Ironically, Wilders is hardly “far right” in his political views. Rather, his politics defy any sort of easy categorization. What Wilders understands is that an Islamic state has no use for the kind of healthy debate that makes democracy work. When Sharia Law is implemented, it’s the Quran’s way or the highway. Wilders’ political goal is to put measures in place that will ensure that the Netherlands remains a free, democratic nation. Wilders’ legal fight is about the freedom to work toward that goal.

Wilders criticizes Islam, not Muslims, because he believes that Islam is ultimately employed as a totalitarian system of governance, whatever it’s attributes or flaws as a religion. Otherwise sensible conservatives, like Charles Krauthammer, dismissed Wilders’ concerns out of hand:

“What he (Wilders) says is extreme, radical, and wrong. He basically is arguing that Islam is the same as Islamism. Islamism is an ideology of a small minority which holds that the essence of Islam is jihad, conquest, forcing people into accepting a certain very narrow interpretation [of Islam]. The untruth of that is obvious. If you look at the United States, the overwhelming majority of Muslims in the U.S. are not Islamists. So, it’s simply incorrect. Now, in Europe, there is probably a slightly larger minority but, nonetheless, the overwhelming majority are not.”

But what Wilders is saying and what pundits like Krauthammer think Wilders is saying are two different things. Of course most Muslims living in the United States are not Islamists. Of course the majority of the Muslims living in Europe are not Islamists. It’s safe to wager that the majority of Muslims living in Iran are not Islamists either. That’s not the point. Wilders, and any rational thinker, can’t help but observe that Muslim nations are overwhelmingly ruled by governments that are, in effect if not in name, theocracies. Sometimes those theocracies are dangerous, hostile tyrannies, as in the case of Iran, and sometimes they are indifferent, if occasionally useful, friends of the west like Saudi Arabia. At either end of the spectrum, no Muslim-ruled nation respects western traditions and values like freedom of speech, the equality of peoples and the right of dissent. Wilders hasn’t been trying to demonize individual Muslims, he’s been trying to keep the Netherlands from turning into an Islamic state. One may disagree with his methods, but to say that he doesn’t have the right to employ those methods because the theocratic system he opposes is so violently hyper-sensitive is patently ridiculous and downright cowardly.

So, why is Fox following its brethren in the media by ignoring the Wilders trial, a story that is full of so many themes that might otherwise attract Fox’s attention? Could it have anything to with Saudi Arabian prince Prince Alwaleed bin Talal’s stake in News Corp.? Might Murdoch’s increasingly cozy relationship with Arabic media giant Rotana Group have something to do with it? Murdoch’s maverick news organization appears to playing a subtle, yet dangerous game.

Unlike its fellow networks, Fox is ready and willing to denounce radical jihadists who threaten not only the west, but who – if left unchecked – will upset delicate power structures in Muslim theocracies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that lean toward the west. But, for Fox, calling out the religious system of governance that empowers and enriches the princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE seems to be out of bounds. Free speech, it would appear, has it limits – even at Fox News.

  • http://www.tableofwisdom.com MrArbitrage

    When I say it is surreal it is because the global treachery is all so obvious and undeniable to anyone who simply reads Islamic history and examines the Quran and the Hadith. To anyone with even a modicum of intellectual capability, it would seem IMPOSSIBLE for what we see happening – to actually be happening! But it IS! It is like Invasion of the BRAIN Snatchers.

    • http://www.tableofwisdom.com MrArbitrage

      I’ll never be able to erase from my mind the live broadcast by the Hollywood A-list after the Muslim mission’s trip of September 11th. A day or two later while the smoke and fire of the twin towers were still smoldering, Actor Will Smith on a national telethon, stood before the camera with a frail Muhammad Ali by his side and praised Islam for being such a “religion of peace.”

      What has Islam or ANY Muslim in the world ever done to deserve such laudations? Where were these Hollywood degenerates when Mother Theresa died? You barely heard a mention of her deeds from the media or any of these shallow narcissists because ironically, Princess Diana died on the same day and they were all too busy worshipping the former princess for her lifelong self-sacrifices.

      .)

  • http://www.tableofwisdom.com MrArbitrage

    To Murdoch, the Hollywood miscreants and all of those in government who wish to sell out the United States for a few billion:

    If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of {political correctness} better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen. – Samuel Adams (adapted for 21st Century by MrArbitrage)" (There's much more to the column if you care for this snippet

  • Daniel

    The 'mainstream media' and 'population' ignore this at their peril. Within 10 years I believe radical right wing Governments in Europe will rise just as Hitler did. This time their will be no stopping them and these liberals who refuse to denounce Islam today will be absolutely shocked in the years to follow. Don't blame me. We stood up for our values when the liberals did not. What we got was the prophets being ignored before the bastions of civilization come out to defend it violently. Who knows if these liberals will be swept up in it. All that I know is Hungary and the Netherlands among others will rise from the depths and become very, very angry. Don't get in their way, or you may just be asking for some action.

  • Crusader

    Trzupek's asasertion is absolutely WRONG .And so surprisingly NAIVE, it leads me to question his motives underlying his "assertion " . Trzupeks falls into the pit of denial , and YOU PRCS , blindly follow .
    Over 15.000 acts of terrorism , costing over 40.000 lives , murdered by muslims around the Globe since 9/11 , muslims slaughtering the innocent ,other muslims , and non -muslims . DID SOMEONE MENTION "ACTIVE PARTICIPATION " ????? HOW ABOUT ACTIVE ACQUIESCENSE ON THE PART OF THE GENERAL BODY OF MUSLIMS ?

    I suggest that YOU -.PRCS , read the Q'uran , because you obviously have not , unless you did it in the way Beck claims . If you can not glean the ETHOS exposed in this vile "ideology " , then your are not qualified to make ANY comment on the subject , let alone join in the criticism of Wilders . There are 1.5 billion muslims on this planet , and if only 10% follow the Q'uran in a way in which they may be described as "good muslims " , that equals 100 million , and what percentage , have given UNQUALIFIED CONDEMNATION of these slaughters???
    If

  • Cfrusader

    If you believe your own words PRCS , then you are already a victim of Taqiyya , and of a self-imposed ignorance of reality , and you are in denial of what your own eyes see in objective observations

  • PRCS

    Repeating here, for those who didn't understand it the first time:

    Rich Trzupek states:

    "Wilders criticizes Islam, not Muslims, because he believes that Islam is ultimately employed as a totalitarian system of governance, whatever it’s attributes or flaws as a religion."

    Employed by whom? Militant Presbyterians? Disgruntled Methodists?

    Like every other ideology, without human beings to employ it, Islam is just a collection of books and documents.

    So let's be logical, and honest.

    Given that those aspects of Islamic ideology which threaten 'unbelievers' cannot be employed without the active participation of individual Muslims, Wilders' claim is absurd.

    Though far and away more informed about Islam than Krauthammer and others appear to be, not everything Wilders says makes sense.

    ***
    It is absurd to citicize Islam–an ideology–and give a pass to those who actually threaten us with that ideology. The Qur'an itself will not injure me. A Muslim acting in accordance with its teachings might.

    If Trzupek's assertion is accurate, then Wilders needs to rethink his position.

  • ROSE

    DID THE HOUSE OF SAUDI NOT BUY INTO MURDOCK'S EMPIRE??? AND DOES MURDOCK NOT OWN FOX??????

    THERE IS YOUR ANSWER.

  • Crusader

    Exactly , and I can not fathom WHY Trzupek is even remotely apologetic regarding the charge of facist , leveled against Wilders .
    Wilders only problem is , that he is IN FACT well informed regarding islam , and is cognizant of the inevitable end of it's agendas, should they be brought to full fruition in his own country . These effects are self evident to Wilders , and should be, to anyone possesing even minimal power of observation .

  • posse 101

    if you buy into the politically correct pap that not all muslims are radicals just go to thereligionofpeace.com homepage. that'll straighten out your falafel (so to speak). and if you refuse to go there you're a dhimmi without even realizing it. congratulations shmuckhead!

  • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

    Why are jews so hated throughout the world ? —- It is the nature of evil ti hate good

  • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

    Speaking of P.C. Some say Political Correctness is lying out of cowardice. I only wish it were that benign. Political Correctness is Suppression of the Truth for the Purpose of Advancing the Left Wing Agenda. Political Correctness is a form of mind control, meant to limit and control free speech and to undermine public opinion. It intends to weaken the defenses of a free democracy and reeducate our children. It is a well known and well documented Communist subversion tactic and procedure.
    The truth must come 1st, last and always. Stand for truth. Don't let them get away with it ! Call it what it is — A Tactic in the Dismantling of Traditional America and Suppression of the Truth for the Purpose of Advancing the Left Wing Agenda.
    The evil of "political correctness" – the totalitarian manipulation of thought, foisted on us by elitist sociopaths who hate America and everything our soldiers have fought and died for over the last two centuries, and continue to fight and die for – has to end. Now. This nation must rise up and defy the insane thought control that is destroying our country right before our eyes.

  • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

    When a Muslim is not very devout, he may let his conscience and common sense trump his religion. As explained above No Non Muslim can be considered innocent. When they tell you that the killing of innocents is against Islam, UNDERSTAND THAT. Most all peaceful verses in the Qur'an have been abrogated (superceded by later verses, making them null and void, although the Muslims often quote them to Non Muslims.) Peace is not for the Infidel, but to be only between Muslims. (and they are not even very good at that)

  • Dee

    What about Sean Hannity –did he have any notable reaction to Wilders ? Usually he is an outspoken critic of anything in issues concerning Islam ..comparatively speaking, that is ..

  • Captain Canuck

    I'm a Canadian , and as such I am polite and am generally careful about how and when I express my opinions . My country as well has fallen victim to the leftist lie of multiculturism and political correctness . It bothers me when logic and necessity take a back seat to politeness and political correctness like I'm seing in our media as well . I agree one hundred percent that we've been tolerant too long and that the situation in western culture has gone on long enough and there's enough people tied up in the promotion of islamification that by the time the right rises up to correct it the only solution will be mass bloodshed.We have the apologists to thank for this…………I will always celebrate christmas and I'll not change my lifestyle or culture to suit the "newcomers".

  • Captain Canuck

    My father was in the Canadian army 20 years and was on many peacekeeping missions. I know what goes on over there and am always mistified , that when people finally get the opportunity to come to this beautiful country of ours the first thing they set about doing is to begin imposing they're culture on us, they try to turn this country into the shit hole they left behind. Europeans trying to preserve their own culture , the one our relatives died to protect is a sacred resposibility , not racism.

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