Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and host of the daily Christian radio show The Albert Mohler Program, defended Pat Robertson's recent claim that Muslims are "motivated by demonic power," and expanded on Robertson's comments, saying: "Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether it's Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power."
In describing Nigeria's new public education campaign to fight the spread of bird flu, radio host Glenn Beck stated that the country has "actually resorted to radio jingles," and then asked if the United States could be "as dumb as Nigeria."
Discussing his interview with author Norman Mailer, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told a caller to his radio show that instead of denigrating Mailer, O'Reilly could "just go over to" co-host Lis Wiehl "and whack her around."
In an ABC Nightline segment featuring Rev. Franklin Graham's controversial comments about Islam, ABC News' John Donvan reported: "So, Franklin Graham may not get a diplomacy prize, either. And yet, his message when he's preaching is actually quite positive."
In response to gay rights organization Soulforce's Equality Ride -- a bus tour aimed at confronting religious schools and military academies that ban the enrollment of GBLT students -- the American Family Association's Don Wildmon proposed his own hypothetical trip to "the homosexual bathhouses," saying, "[W]e're going to confront these people ... for what they're doing."
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann awarded Rush Limbaugh top honors in his daily "Worst Person in the World" segment for Limbaugh's March 13 reference to journalists Jay Carney and Claire Shipman as "slave master and ... husband."
Keith Olbermann awarded 700 Club host Pat Robertson runner-up in his daily "Worst Person in the World" segment for saying that "the goal of Islam ... is world domination."
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Rush Limbaugh characterized the marriage of journalists Jay Carney and Claire Shipman as "slave owner and husband." Limbaugh then restated, "I take it back, slave master, not slave owner." Carney is Time magazine's deputy Washington bureau chief, and Shipman is the senior national correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America.
The Christian Broadcasting Network has scrubbed from its website Pat Robertson's comments on The 700 Club that Muslims who protested controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were "satanic" and "crazed fanatics" who were "motivated by demonic power." Robertson added that "the goal of Islam ... is world domination."
Fox News political analyst Dick Morris claimed that there is no civil war coming to Iraq because "when Iraqi politicians negotiate over the coalition of their cabinet, they bomb each other's mosques."
NBC News White House correspondent Kelly O'Donnell, apparently referring to a bill offered by Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) that would block the acquisition of control over six U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World, falsely said that the bill would "stop Arab ownership" of U.S. port facilities. In fact, the legislation does not target "Arab ownership" of U.S. shipping terminals.
A Washington Post editorial adopted the Bush administration's false suggestion that there is no difference between Dubai Ports World (DPW) and Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. (P&O). The Post, like the Bush administration, suggested that criticism of the ports deal was based on DPW's Arab ownership and was therefore discriminatory. In fact, there is a key difference as a matter of law between DPW and P&O: DPW is a state-owned company, whereas P&O was not, prior to its acquisition by DPW.
In her March 8 syndicated column, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter wrote that Hollywood "got caught with its pants down" on the issue of AIDS and "got it right in the end."
In his column, L. Brent Bozell III attacked Katie Couric, co-host of NBC's Today, for being "so rough on Thomas Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza, for being a Catholic" during a March 3 interview. Bozell claimed that "Couric's performance on NBC was so harsh it was jaw-dropping," as opposed to Monaghan's March 3 interviews on ABC and CBS, which Bozell described as "calm." In fact, most of the questions Bozell cited as evidence of Couric's anti-Catholic bias were also posed to Monaghan during his "calm" CBS and ABC interviews.
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