O’Reilly: Extremism is a ‘Muslim problem’
Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly is continuing his mission of highlighting what he calls the “Muslim problem.”
On Monday, the Fox News host told guest Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) spokesman Ahmed Rehab that extremism “is a Muslim problem because it’s generated by Muslims almost exclusively, so it is a Muslim problem.”
O’Reilly received attention several weeks ago when two co-hosts of The View walked out on him after he announced, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”
Only a week later, O’Reilly seemed to double down on those remarks when he told Deepak Chopra, “I believe there is a Muslim problem in the world.”
“Conservatives generally believe there is a major Muslim problem in the world and liberals tend to downplay,” O’Reilly said at the opening of Monday’s show.
“When you call it a Muslim problem, you have a problem,” Rehab asserted.
“Because what you are saying is the problem exists because they’re Muslim. Therefore it’s a Muslim problem. That is incorrect logic. The problem is not that they are Muslim. It’s that these particular groups of people are extremists. Now, those who are Muslim who are not extremists, well, they are not part of the Muslim problem, are they?” asked Rehab.
“No. They haven’t been part of the solution,” O’Reilly disagreed.
“It’s not a Muslim problem. Your language needs to be revised,” Rehab said.
“It is a Muslim problem because it’s generated by Muslims almost exclusively, so it is a Muslim problem,” insisted O’Reilly.
“You and I have a gentleman’s disagreement over how much action [good Muslims] have taken to help the problem,” concluded O’Reilly.
O’Reilly’s assessment doesn’t gibe with a recent report from the Department of Homeland Security.
In the DHS report, officials warned that “right-wing extremists could use the bad state of the U.S. economy and the election of the country’s first black president to recruit new members to their cause.
“The agency warn[ed] that an extended economic downturn with real estate foreclosures, unemployment and an inability to obtain credit could foster an environment for extremists to recruit new members who may not have been supportive of these causes in the past,” AP wrote. “Law enforcement officials were seeing more threats and unusual interest against then- President-elect Barack Obama than ever before.”
O’Reilly clearly hasn’t backed down on the issue after being the target of liberal criticism for his comments on The View. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann called O’Reilly “just another Fox News bigot.” Rosie O’Donnell said it was no surprise that O’Reilly would try to “incite hatred.”
This video is from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast Oct. 25, 2010.