Politico.com called Pat Robertson endorsement of Rudy Giuliani a "blessing" and said that it gives Giuliani "momentum." Similarly, the Politico's Mike Allen wrote that, with Robertson's announcement, Giuliani "has one of the most resonant imprimaturs with Christian voters." However, in claiming that Robertson's endorsement "gives Rudy Giuliani momentum" -- a questionable claim, given that the endorsement had been announced just that morning -- the Politico ignored Robertson's history of controversial statements.
Conservative commentator Paul Weyrich and 700 Club host Pat Robertson baselessly asserted that former Rep. Mark Foley's alleged misconduct is typical of gay men. As Media Matters for America has documented, studies that link homosexuality and child sex abuse are flawed and have been thoroughly debunked by numerous experts.
Pat Robertson said that "Osama bin Laden may be one of the true disciples of the teaching of the Quran ... because he's following through literally word-for-word what it says," adding: "Islam is not a religion of peace. No way."
In appearances on CNN and Fox News, Pat Robertson claimed that comments he made about a stroke suffered by former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon had been "misquoted" and "misrepresented" by media. But in his remarks about Sharon, Robertson emphasized that, according to the Bible, "God has enmity against those who, quote, 'divide my land.' " He went on to say of Sharon, "[H]ere he is at the point of death. He was dividing God's land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course."
In recent days, some members of the conservative media have seen signs of the Apocalypse in the escalated conflicts in the Middle East and Asia. Pat Robertson has considered the possibility but has seemed to reject it, while columnist Hal Lindsey has simply asserted: "Now Armageddon looms large before us." But as recent reports on CNN and in USA Today attest, conservatives are not the only media figures to raise the question of whether current events are a sign of the "End Times."
On The 700 Club, host Pat Robertson said "Islam is essentially a Christian heresy" that "picked up snippets of the gospels," and other Biblical texts and is now taking "everything that Jesus said" and "transport[ing it] into this fictional Mahdi." Robertson also perpetuated Jewish stereotypes in a discussion about the need for Israeli soup kitchens, stating that "When you think of Jewish people, you think of successful businessmen" who are "very wise in finance and who are prosperous." Robertson later added that "[i]t shocks people" to find out "there's poverty in Israel," because "Jewish people" are "very thrifty" and "extraordinarily good business people."