If there was ever any doubt in your mind that Fox News is the “all hatred of Muslims and Islam, all the time” network, let your doubts now be put to rest. A panel on the Fox News show, Cashin’ In has declared it is time for America to start profiling Muslims, because “the enemy is Islamic.”
Host Eric Bolling kicks off the segment by asking guest Wayne Rogers, aka “Trapper John” from the tv show M*A*S*H, “Isn’t it time to profile?” Rogers responds, “Absolutely! It just makes common sense… It’s stupid not to.”
Next, Bolling turns to Jonathan Hoenig, from the aptly named CapitalistPig.com, who tells him,
We should have been profiling on September 12, 2001. Let’s take a trip down memory lane here. The last war we won, we put Japanese Americans in internment camps. We dropped nuclear bombs on residential city centers. So yeah, I think profiling would be at least a good start. It’s not on skin color, however, it’s on ideology.
…We need to stop having Ramadan and Iftar celebrations at the White House. We need to stop saying the enemy is not Islamic. They are.
Bolling follows Hoenig’s comments with a list of terrorist attacks committed by Muslim extremists, and asks Jessica Ehrlich for her thoughts. She agrees with Hoenig that people should be profiled based not on their skin color, but on other factors. Like Hoenig, she offers no clue as to how that is supposed to be accomplished.
The final “terrorism expert” on the panel to weigh in is Fox contributor Michelle Fields, who tells Bolling,
We don’t have a problem with extreme Buddhists. We have a problem with extreme Muslims; to ignore that is not fair. This is to protect all Americans: Christian and Muslim Americans, everyone. Because they pose a danger to all of us. And if you’re a Muslim who’s going to Syria, yes, you should be tracked. We should know what you’re doing there, why you’re going there. I don’t think that that’s irresponsible.
After Fields is finished, Hoenig jumps back in, saying that we have to declare “total war.” Fields disagrees with him, observing that we are not having a problem with all Muslims, just Muslim extremists. Hoenig counters, “But aren’t all Muslims suspect? Don’t we look at all of them with some suspicion?”
After a brief discussion Bolling wraps up the segment by saying, “There is a common thread [to terrorist attacks on Americans]. The common thread is it’s Muslim, and it’s male.”
Who should we be profiling?
Bolling and his panel of non-expert “experts” on Islam and Islamic terrorism talk about doing ideological profiling of Muslims. But is that who we should be most interested in profiling, in order to catch terrorists? Fox News always loves playing up fear of “the other” in their aging white viewer base, but it may come as a surprise to Fox viewers, as well as to Bolling and his guests, that Islamic extremists are not the group we should be most worried about. The website International Security lists the following Jihadist attacks within the United States since September 11, 2001:
- 2014 Washington and New Jersey Killing Spree 4
- 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing 4
- 2009 Little Rock Shooting 1
- 2009 Fort Hood Shooting 13
- 2006 Seattle Jewish Federation Shooting 1
- 2002 Los Angeles Airport Shooting 2
That’s a total of 25 people killed by Muslim extremists in the U.S. in the past 13 years.
On the same page is this list, of Americans killed by right wing terrorists over the same time frame:
- 2014 Las Vegas Police Ambush 3
- 2014 Kansas Jewish Center Shooting 3
- 2014 Blooming Grove Police Shooting 1
- 2012 Tri-State Killing Spree 4
- 2012 St. John’s Parish Police Ambush 2
- 2012 Sikh Temple Shooting 6
- 2011 FEAR Militia 3
- 2010 Carlisle, PA Murder 1
- 2010 Austin, TX Plane Attack 1
- 2009 Pittsburgh Police Shootings 3
- 2009 Holocaust Museum Shooting 1
- 2009 George Tiller Assassination 1
- 2009 Ft. Walton, FL Shooting 2
- 2009 Flores Murders, Pima County, AZ 2
- 2009 Brockton, MA Murders 2
- 2008 Knoxville, TN Church Shooting 2
- 2004 Tulsa OK, Bank Robbery 1
The total number of deaths on that list is 38. So who should we be profiling, Muslims, or Fox News viewers?
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