by Scott Creighton
This weekend we have been discussing the growing probability of the site Revolution Muslim being a front operation created to foster resentment toward the Muslim community in general. We have addressed the fact that Jon Stewart should have known better or at least done a little research before running with his “Go Fuck Yourselves!” segment targeting what he call the “”radical Muslims” who threatened the creators of South Park. If he had done that he would have found out that the threat was more implied than anything else and that the police commissioner of New York had already stated that no crime was committed. He would have also figured out pretty easily that this group in particular has a rather suspicious background, all the “Muslims” being converts, at least one of them possibly being associated with the CIA, and one of them was actually a orthodox rabbinical student who lived for a time as a settler in the West Bank.
With just a little research Jon Stewart would probably have come to the conclusion that a more accurate name for Revolution Muslim would be “PsyOp Muslim”. And what’s up with all the neocon criminals from the Bush administration going on Jon’s show to yukitup and sell their books? Shouldn’t these liars and war criminals be in jail or at least blacklisted on “progressives” shows rather than being allowed a forum to remake their images and sell their worthless-drivel, ghost-written books?
But in my earlier articles, I missed one of the biggest flaws in Jon Stewart’s little diatribe… one of the most glaring flaws in his propaganda. You see, most of Stewart’s show focused on old clips they ran showing how they abuse other religions and no-one had threatened them with death. The implication is clear… and it is the same implication you see in many media outlets all across the country… and that is that it is ONLY the “radical Muslims” who are so religiously intolerant as to threaten people who would dare insult their faith.
That claim, or the implication of that claim, is so completely dishonest, I can’t even begin to apologise enough for not having picked up on it sooner. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry….
But thank God (pun intended) for real journalists out there… the few that remain… who didn’t….
The various forms of religious-based, intimidation-driven censorship and taboo ideas in the U.S. — what Douthat claims are non-existent except when it involves Muslims — are too numerous to chronicle. One has to be deeply ignorant, deeply dishonest or consumed with petulant self-victimization and anti-Muslim bigotry to pretend they don’t exist. I opt (primarily) for the latter explanation in Douthat’s case.
As Balloon-Juice’s DougJ notes, everyone from Phil Donahue and Ashliegh Banfield to Bill Maher and Sinead O’Connor can tell you about that first-hand. As can the cable television news reporters who were banned by their corporate executives from running stories that reflected negatively on Bush and the war. When he was Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani was fixated on using the power of his office to censor art that offended his Catholic sensibilities. The Bush administration banned mainstream Muslim scholars even from entering the U.S. to teach. The Dixie Chicks were deluged with death threats for daring to criticize the Leader, forcing them to apologize out of fear for their lives. Campaigns to deny tenure to academicians, or appointments to politicial officials, who deviate from Israel orthodoxy are common and effective. Responding to religious outrage, a Congressional investigation was formally launched and huge fines issued all because Janet Jackson’s breast was displayed for a couple of seconds on television.
All that’s to say nothing of the endless examples of religious-motivated violence by Christian and Jewish extremists designed to intimidate and suppress ideas offensive to their religious dogma (I’m also pretty sure the people doing this and this are not Muslim). And, contrary to Douthat’s misleading suggestion, hate speech laws have been used for censorious purposes far beyond punishing speech offensive to Muslims — including, for instance, by Christian groups invoking such laws to demand the banning of plays they dislike. Glenn Greenwald
I for one would LOVE to see Jon Stewart do a show about how ”radical” members of a certain religion got Norman Finkelstein denied tenure at DePaul university… with Jon dancing and singing “Go Fuck Yourselves!” to them for their religious intolerance.
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And one more thing while we are on the subject…. how many times has Norman Finkelstein or Noam Chomsky been on Jon Stewart’s show? How many times have Neocons from the Cheney/Bush “crimes against humanity” been on? Curious question since Stewart is supposedly a “liberal’ from the left…. let’s take a look…
January 11, 2010 – John Yoo – (to promote his new book)
January 18, 2010 – David M. Walker – (promoting his book) Comptroller Genral and head of GAO under Bush and Clinton… major neoliberal/neocon
December 8, 2009 – Mike Huckabee – neoliberal/neocon presidential candidate and Fox News host
December 1, 2009 – Thomas Friedman – (promoting his book) – neoliberal/neocon mouthpiece for the New York Times – “One of Friedman’s theses is that individual countries must sacrifice some degree of economic sovereignty to global institutions (such as capital markets and multinational corporations)”
November 9, 2009 – Kit Bond – (promoting his book) – neoliberal/neocon – “He has voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)”
August 3, 2009 – Ronald Kessler – (promoting his book) – neoliberal/neocon mouthpiece for Washington Post and others
July 29, 2009 – John Bolton – neocon kingpin – promoting war with Iran
July 27, 2009 – Bill Kristol – neocon kingpin
January 15, 2008 – John Bolton
Feb. 12, 2008 – Bill Kristol
Mar. 13, 2008 – Dana Perino
May 12, 2008 – Douglas Feith
June 2, 2008 – Scott McClellan
Oct. 14, 2008 – Ari Fleischer
Oct. 30, 2008 – Bill Kristol
Nov. 11, 2008 – Thomas Friedman
I went back as far as 2006 and I never saw Finkelstein or Chomsky on Jon Stewart’s guest list… nor did I see journalists like Chris Hedges or Glenn Greenwald either. In fact, I may have to look again, but I also didn’t see names like Amy Goodman or Jeromy Scahill.
Going back to 2003, you keep seeing the same neocon/neoliberal names plus Kissinger, Tony Snow, M. Albreight, Jonah Goldberg, Karen Hughes, Rudolph Giuliani, and Christopher Hitchens several times. You will remember that when Hitchens jumped on board the “support the president’s wars” bandwagon, his first target was Noam Chomsky. Stewart never had Scott Ritter on in the lead-up to the Iraq war, but he did have many neocons and people like Ann Coulter.
A long list of neocon/neoliberal war-criminals gracing Jon Stewart’s stage as he yuks it up with them and helps many of them sell their various books or their new neoliberal free market agenda….
what a surprise.