On Sunday morning’s episode of Fox and Friends, Jon Scott made the comment that if the Muslim community doesn’t like the negative portrayal of Muslims in the media then they shouldn’t “burn people alive and set off bombs.”
We’d like to say that there is some context that would make Scott’s comments less horrible, but unfortunately the context does nothing to prevent Scott from coming across as an Islamophobic bigot.
On today’s episode of Fox and Friends, Scott, Pete Hegseth, and Abby Huntsman were discussing comments made by Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin in which he discussed past criticism of the show’s portrayal of Muslims.
Patinkin said that in the upcoming season of Homeland, they want to do something different and “be part of the cure” by focusing on a different portrayal of Muslims.
‘Particularly in season six, we have tried to be part of the cure, not part of the problem… A different storyline where we’re helping these people and a storyline that shows in this case, in this year, in this season, that maybe it’s the––and it is––the white men in government and the military establishment that are the bad guys, not the Muslim community.’
In response to Patinkin’s comments, Hegseth went on a spiel complaining about political correctness and how every show has some sort of political agenda. The strange thing about Hegseth’s comments is that he’s only making them now that Homeland has said they will focus on “white men” and the “military establishment.” He didn’t seem too concerned about Homeland making political statements when they were portraying Muslims as the villains.
At this point, Scott jumped in and, referencing the Boston Marathon bombers, said that the Muslim community should stop burning people alive and setting off bombs.
‘They’re gonna run the Boston marathon tomorrow, right? Do we remember who the bombers of the Boston marathon were? I mean, just an aside to the Muslim community, if you don’t want to be portrayed in a negative light, maybe don’t burn people alive and set off bombs and things like that.’
Hegseth then added that Muslims need to “point out the radicalism and say ‘That’s not me.'” Once again, Hegseth has fallen victim to hypocrisy. After all, when police officers are involved in the shooting of unarmed black men, Fox News regularly defends them by saying that we shouldn’t demonize and an entire class of people based on the actions of a few. Yet, Fox News has no problem demonizing all Muslims based on the actions of a minority of their community.
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