Anti-Islamic extremist Pamela Geller was back on Hannity this Tuesday, this time to promote her scheme to put an anti-Islam cartoon of Muhammad on Washington, D.C. buses. When pundit Juan Williams challenged her, Geller accused him of both trying to impose Sharia law and of being anti-Muslim at the same time.
Sean Hannity and Fox News seemed to love Geller’s scheme. FoxNews.com titled its video of the segment, “Pamela Geller is not standing down to radical Islam.”
And yet they never displayed the cartoon they were claiming to champion.
Williams argued, “Nobody is saying that you can’t see this ad or cartoon or anything, if you want to see it, Sean. I think Miss Geller is doing it intentionally to provoke a controversy. …There’s no ban on it by the authorities here in Washington, D.C. or New York, where Miss Geller has done it before.
Williams is no wild-eyed Islamist. He famously got fired from NPR after stating, on Fox News, that when he sees “people in Muslim garb” on an airplane, “I get worried. I get nervous.”
But Geller accused him of trying to bully people into accepting Sharia law.
GELLER: It is fierce bullies like Juan Williams who want to impose the Sharia. This is the Sharia, Juan. Where are you gonna stop? Are you gonna stop drinking beer? Are you gonna stop girls from wearing short skirts? At what point? I mean, where is the line gonna be drawn?
Ironically, Geller immediately moved on to accuse Williams of being anti-Muslim and thus criticizing her in order to cover it up.
GELLER: And, frankly, talk about offensive. You say you wouldn’t get on an airplane with Muslims wearing Islamic garb. That’s offensive to me. I would never say such a thing. And for you to try to recover, on my back, is reprehensible.
Williams correctly pointed out that he had never said he wouldn’t get on an airplane.
“I’m a huge free speech advocate,” Williams continued, “But what I see you doing, I think, is trying to provoke, unnecessarily, controversy and at times, offending and demeaning Muslims who regard your actions as not only provocative but offensive.
Geller continued trying to paint Williams as the Islamophobe.
GELLER: Muslims that support free speech will not be offended. Muslims that want to impose a Sharia will be offended. And, frankly, your offensive remarks are far more humiliating to Muslims than my running ads about a cartoon that the media refuses to run. That’s why I’m running this ad. It’s not to be provocative.
Hannity ended the interview quickly.
Memo to Geller: Fox does not take kindly to attacks on Fox personnel or, as Roger Ailes put it, "shooting in the tent."
Watch it above, from the May 26 Hannity.
Crossposted at News Hounds.
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