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Fox News Host Apologizes for Saying ‘All Terrorists Are Muslim’

Oct 19, 2010  •  Post A Comment

A Fox News Channel host apologized on Monday for saying "all terrorists are Muslim," saying he "misspoke," reports the New York Times’ Media Decoder blog. 

"I don’t believe all terrorists are Muslims. I’m sorry about that if I offended or hurt anybody’s feelings," Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends," the show which he co-hosts, the story says. Media Matters, a liberal group that tracks Fox News, said it was skeptical that it was a slip of the tongue, because Kilmeade made the statement twice on Friday, once on television and hours later on his radio show, the story notes.

On his radio show on Monday, Kilmeade said, "What I should have said, and I’d like to clarify, is all terrorists who killed us on 9/11; with the Cole; and the Khobar; and the ‘98 embassies; that’s what I should have said."

17 Comments

  1. Once again, Fox “News” has another demagogue exposed. Calling the people that crash aircraft and boats as well as blow themselves up as Muslim is no different than calling people like Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and the KKK Christians.
    Just because you show up on a regular basis, in a church, mosque or synagogue and go through motions that look like you are religious does not make you so.
    These are all desperate, generally ignorant people that have fallen into the hands of masterful manipulators.
    Much like the Fox News audience.

  2. Any terrorist that concludes his final act with the words “Allahu Akbar” just before committing a mass murder is a Muslim terrorist. It’s a good thing Timothy McVeigh was a white male, or you Muslim apologists would have no one else to point to in trying to deny the fact that terrorism committed in the name of Islam is the greatest threat of our time.

  3. For ub-not-so-smarter2,
    Obviously a Fox viewer or you would have understood the underlying message that people who are truly religious do not commit acts of murder upon innocent civilians.
    I don’t apologize for any terrorist.
    Just pointing out the FACT that throughout time millions of people have been killed by ALL religions in the name of God.
    But since it is a fact, as a Fox viewer, you would have a hard time understanding.

  4. If Bill O’Reily really meant his apology, then he would apologize for disagreeing with the WTC Mosque as well. If he is willing to admit that all Muslims are not terrorists, then he should be willing to accept a Mosque near ground zero that all Muslims can enjoy.

  5. @Tim,
    The point that you are missing is that it is not possible to determine who is “truly religious”. The FACT (as you put it) is that the 9/11 terrorists, the Spain train station bombers, the Cole bombers, the 1993 WTC bomber, the embassy bombers, the Beirut marine barracks bomber, the countless suicide vest bombers in Isreal, were all “professed” Muslims. It is indisputable that all this terror and loss of life came about at the hands of people who were raised as Muslims, called themselves Muslims, and did it in the name of Islam. Whether they meet the standards of being “truly religious” is just not relevant. We know that a lot of people who call themselves Muslims like to kill Westerners. It’s a fact.
    (And by the way, I take no offense at your attempt at a personal insult, because I actually rarely watch Fox News.)

  6. OK, so the purpetrators of the attacks you describe are all Muslim. So what? What does that prove? That all Muslims are bad? That’s a logical fallacy, an illogical conclusion. Does it inform Defense strategems? To a degree, but certainly not to the degree that we can assume all Muslims are terrorists, because they are not, and not to the degree that we can only looks to countries of Muslim majorities to find enemies, because that would be bad policy. So what does the observation prove? Nothing of value, unless you are predisposed to try and draw conclusions about all Muslims. So lay it on the table. What do you want us to believe about all Muslims? If you are only speaking to the fact that only some Muslims amid all committed the crimes you direct us to, how is that different from saying some Christians illegally and brutally lynched black men until just a quarter century ago, or that some Germans killed 6 million Jews, blacks, Gypsies, Russians, dissidents and physically and mentally handicapped German citizens a little more than half a century ago?
    So the heck what?

  7. Sorry, that was for USBSmarter

  8. While it is true that not all muslims are terroists, a fact is that all terroists so far are, or where, muslims. There’s is not a religon of peace and tolerance unless you are a believer in islam. After a thorough read of the koran, I do not personaly feel I could ever trust one who claims to be a muslim.

  9. Dick,
    All terrorists so far are not all Muslims. Do you know what the IRA is? Those were Catholic terrorists, freedom fighters, whatever the hell they call themselves. Timothy McVie–Muslim? The list goes on. Every religion has had terrorists. Now, given that you are admitting ignorance and bigotry, since you erroneously believe that all terrorists are Muslim and since you believe all Muslims are not peaceful nor trustworthy, one might ask what religion are you? Because whatever religion you are, by your logic, then that religion is not a religion of tolorance, love or wisdom.
    Here is the fact: All religious texts have hilarious passages calling for violence that have no bearing on a modern, enlightened age ruled by law, even the 2nd Testament, so can the holier than thou BS. Another fact, anyone who would publicly admit to fearing and not trusting an entire people is surely not trustworthy and to be feared. But that’s what you want–to be feared. By proclaiming how stern you are in judging others, you want people to understand how correct and strong you are, how macho you are, but you are neither. You are a hypocrite too hypocritical to face facts and too lazy to learn. And by your logic, all your children and descendants will be the same way, so you might as well never have sex again.
    Be well, but not near me or mine, please.

  10. Amen unto you Brothers Tim, Illovox, ajs470, and Sam. Peace be unto you and yours.

  11. Come on now, lets be real about this! Can anybody actually name a terrorist that ISN’T a muslim. Thought so.

  12. A mannamedChrist,
    Patty Hearst, Timothy McVie, the list goes on but you get the picture–you’re wrong.
    Now shut up, bigot.

  13. Red Blanchard,
    Patty Hearst, Timothy McVie, the list goes on but you get the picture–you’re wrong.
    Now shut up, bigot.

  14. amannamedChrist–sorry, that was for Red.
    Red Blanchard,
    “Patty Hearst, Timothy McVie, the list goes on but you get the picture–you’re wrong.
    Now shut up, bigot.”
    Did read your website, and how could a guy who went for an early ban on tobacco, championed all the good work you did, make a statement like that? And even if every terrorist were named Achmed, again, like the other guy said, so what? Kill all Muslims? Ban them from travel? Oaths denouncing religious choice? We are not inquisition era spain, ’30s Germany, freefalling Rome…or are we?

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