Fox host suggests ‘special screenings’ for Muslims in military

By David Edwards
Friday, November 6, 2009 9:39 EDT
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Fox News host Brian Kilmeade wants to know if it’s time to make all Muslims in the military pay for the crimes of the Ft. Hood shooting suspect. “Do you think it’s time for the military to have special debriefings of Muslim Army officers — anybody enlisted? Because if I’m going to deployed in a foxhole, if I’m going to be sticking in an outpost I got to know the guy next to me is not going to want to kill me,” Brian Kilmeade asked Geraldo Rivera.

To his credit, Rivera rejected the idea. “Isn’t this the headline, Brian, that there are 4 or 5 million American Muslims and how scant and few and far between these horrifying incidents are?” asked Rivera.

“I want to ask this question another way,” interrupted Gretchen Carlson. “Could it be that the military — because our society, lets just face it, has become very politically correct — could it be that the military was also exercising political correctness?” asked Carlson. “Even though he had a poor performance report and even though he spoke openly about being a radical being a radical muslim and had those supposed postings online. Could it be that the military was exercising political correctness in not approaching him as seriously as they would have had he not been a Muslim?”

“Yes is the short answer,” relented Rivera. “Because the military is a government agency.”

But Peter B. Johnson wasn’t letting the idea of screenings go. “You won’t countenance special screening for Muslims will you?”

“It’s a hard step for me to take,” said Rivera. “This is an American born person.”

This video is from Fox News’ Fox & Friends/em>, broadcast Nov. 6, 2009.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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