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‘Do you support ISIS?’: CNN’s Don Lemon stuns Muslim human rights attorney

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CNN host Don Lemon asked a Muslim civil rights attorney on Wednesday if he supported the radical Islamic group ISIS.

During coverage of terrorists attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Lemon interviewed human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of The Muslim Guy website, about whether radical Islam was to blame.

Iftikhar reacted to the attacks in Paris by calling them a “crime against humanity,” and added that he did not have a problem with the satirical depictions of the Prophet Muhammad that had been published by Charlie Hebdo.

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“If you survey the vast majority of Muslims around the world, they would certainly say that the killing of innocent civilians is not only murder, but it’s also against any normative mainstream teaching of Islam,” Iftikhar explained. “Their acts are about as Muslim as abortion clinic bombers’ or gay night club bombers’ acts are Christian.”

“What you’re saying though, that’s not always a reality of what people think about Islam,” Lemon noted.

“It’s important not to conflate the actions of a very few to a population of 1.7 billion people, which represents 20 percent of the world’s population,” Iftikhar pointed out. “You know, if people want to blame Islam for things, you know, they can blame us for inventing algebra or modern medical anesthesia or having five out of the last 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners.”

“When Christians commit acts of terror, we don’t asks priests and pastors to go on national television to condemn these acts, but sadly Muslim public intellectuals, thinkers, leaders, and Islamic scholars have that double standard that we have to deal with,” he added. “I think it’s important to keep in mind that bringing religion into it at all is actually serving the purposes of the terrorists.”

Citing an August 2014 Newsweek poll which found that 16 percent of all French citizen supported ISIS, Lemon asked Iftikhar if all of those people were “Islamic extremists.”

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But Iftikhar said that it was wrong to jump to the conclusion that all French citizens who had said they supported ISIS in August of last year would back the killing of innocent civilians.

“Again in August, 16 percent of French citizens support ISIS,” Lemon pressed. “Would you describe those who support ISIS as Islamic extremists? Do you support ISIS?”

The question stunned Iftikhar.

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“Wait,” he replied. “Did you just ask me if I support ISIS? I just answered your question. I said that obviously these 16 percent of people support the ideology, but again, I don’t think that would necessarily extrapolate to supporting of killing of innocent people.”

Last year, Columbia Journalism Review named Lemon as one of the worst journalists of 2014 for asking questions that were not chosen wisely, such as wondering if Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had been swallowed by a black hole. He also told a rape victim that there were “ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” and he reported that protesters in Ferguson, Missouri “obviously” smelled like marijuana.

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Marie Yovanovitch bashes The Hill’s faulty reporting that led to Trump’s smear campaign — and impeachment

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Marie Yovanovitch knocked down the false claims peddled by The Hill's John Solomon that underpinned President Donald Trump's smear campaign against her.

The website published a Solomon interview in March with Yuriy Vitaliyovych, now the former prosecutor general in Ukraine, who said the then-ambassador had given him a “do not prosecute” list -- a claim pushed by the president, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Fox News broadcasters.

Yovanovitch and the State Department denied the allegation at the time, and she flatly -- and repeatedly -- denied The Hill's reporting as inaccurate during her testimony before the House impeachment inquiry, and told lawmakers why they were so damaging.

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace: ‘If you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse’

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During a break in the testimony of former United States ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before a House committee holding impeachment hearings on Donald Trump, Fox News host Chris Wallace praised her poise and devastating testimony, saying viewers should be "moved" by her story.

As the House hearing chamber emptied of lawmakers, Wallace was effusive in his praise.

"I think if you are not moved, and we will have to watch what happens in the cross-examination, but if you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, you don't have a pulse," he said.

"This is a woman who had served in posts for presidents of both parties for more than 30 years," he added. "Hardship posts, places like Somalia, Tashkent, and she tells a story of being a leading fighter against corruption," before he provided more details about her stellar career and noting the president had her summarily fired by a new Trump hire.

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer astonished by Yovanovich’s ‘devastating’ testimony — and Trump’s unhinged response

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday expressed astonishment at the testimony of former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich after she talked at length about being subjected to a smear campaign by President Donald Trump's allies.

"What a devastating bit of news we have just been hearing," Blitzer said. "Truly powerful statement by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, speaking emotionally but very, very specifically about the accusations... about inappropriate behavior not only by the president of the united states, but by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr., and these two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who have both been indicted by the Southern District of New York."

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