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Bill O'Reilly Responds to 'The View' Walk-Off and Ground Zero Debate, Says He Was Trying to 'Sell a Book' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 10th 2010 4:23AM
Bill O'Reilly Responds to 'The View' Walk-Off and Ground Zero Debate, Says He Was Trying to 'Sell a Book'Having people leave the room while you're talking is generally considered to be a bad thing. But Bill O'Reilly always tries to look on the bright side. Two months ago, back in October, O'Reilly got into an infamous yelling match during a live filming of 'The View,' which culminated in co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walking away in protest.

On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), David Letterman had this question for O'Reilly: "What the hell happened over there on 'The View'? What was going on?"

Bill said he knew Behar didn't like him, and that Whoopi's opinion of him varied. He added that he was just trying to "sell a book" during his time on the show. And he found a positive aspect to the fiasco, joking that it was the "greatest thing ever." "You know what I was thinking? ... 'I hope they all leave! Then I'll take the whole show. I'll have 45 minutes of ABC airtime.'" Well, that's one way to sell a book.

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Whoopi, O'Reilly Revisit 'View' Blowup, He Argues Jews Are Persecuted More Than Muslims in America (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 24th 2010 7:45AM
Whoopi Goldberg Talks Muslims on 'O'Reilly Factor'When Whoopi Goldberg appeared on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weeknights, 8PM ET on FNC), she and Bill O'Reilly readdressed their confrontation when he visited 'The View.' During that October episode, O'Reilly said, "Muslims killed us on 9/11," and Joy Behar and Goldberg walked off the stage in protest of his refusal to refer to the terrorists as Muslim extremists.

"I just left out the word 'terrorist,'" he conceded. Goldberg said, "In this day and age when kids are getting their butts kicked because they're Muslim--" O'Reilly interrupted her with statistics from a new study that state: "Jews in America are far more likely to be persecuted than Muslims." Goldberg continued defending her viewpoint.

O'Reilly then called her "Ms. Goldberg" and she snapped, "What is this bulls--- about 'Ms. Goldberg'? Stop that, Bill. Just call me Whoopi." And so he did.

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Bill O'Reilly Will Help Build Ground Zero Mosque If Imam Rauf Condemns 9/11 and 'The Jihad' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 19th 2010 10:30PM
Bill O'Reilly had Deepak Chopra on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8PM ET) Tuesday, and during a discussion about O'Reilly's role in the Ground Zero Mosque controversy, Chopra revealed that he knew Daisy Khan, wife of Ground Zero mosque Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

O'Reilly had message for Chopra to deliver to Rauf through Khan:

"You tell him this. All Imam Rauf and his crew have to do is say 'we're going to dedicate this mosque -- community center -- to peace. And we are going to condemn what happened here on 9/11,"' O'Reilly stipulated. "(Then) I'll get a hammer and help them down there."

"I'm telling you, they're prepared to do that," Chopra responded.

As it stands, O'Reilly has tasked Chopra with bringing Imam Rauf onto 'The Factor,' where Rauf will presumably do his condemning, and then O'Reilly will presumably make plans to do his building.

Will this happen? Who knows. But there is no doubt O'Reilly is milking the whole Ground Zero Mosque thing for every last drop.

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wants David Letterman's Job (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 30th 2010 4:15AM
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wants David Letterman's JobMichael Bloomberg is the 10th richest man in America, and the 23rd richest man in the world. He's worth more than $18 billion. And, oh yeah, he's also the mayor of New York City. But that doesn't mean that he wouldn't consider starting a new career. On 'Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS), Bloomberg expressed a desire for David Letterman's job.

Currently, Bloomberg is caught up in the seemingly never-ending "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy. (And let's pause, as always, to point out that it's not technically a mosque, and isn't technically at Ground Zero.) The mayor said that he supports the right of the builders to construct the Islamic center, adding that they have a "First Amendment" right to build and worship wherever they want.

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Colbert Channels Dr. Strangelove: Nuke 1,000 Korans to Stop the 'Ground Zero Mosque' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 15th 2010 6:15AM
Stephen Colbert's Plan to Stop the Ground Zero Mosque: 'Nuke' the Koran'Colbert Report' host Stephen Colbert is always full of ... blatantly idiotic ideas. And tonight's episode (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) provided us with more of the same. Stephen took on the seemingly endless 'Ground Zero Mosque' controversy, and came up with a "clever" plan to prevent the mosque/community center from being built.

Here was his plan: Bury one thousand copies of the Koran -- the Muslim holy book -- along with a nuclear weapon. If the ribbon for the mosque is ever cut, then the nuke will detonate, blowing up all the copies of the Koran. According to him, this will stop any would-be mosque-builders in their tracks. It's total deterrence! It's mutually assured destruction!

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Bill Maher Is Against Ground Zero Mosque, Calls Sarah Palin 'Evil Dingbat' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Sep 14th 2010 4:05AM
Bill Maher Talks Mosque, Sarah Palin on 'Tonight Show'Bill Maher had some strong words (as he usually does) on the issue of the proposed mosque/Islamic center near Ground Zero and on Sarah Palin. If you know the least bit about the comedian and political commentator, you can already guess what he thinks.

On 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), Maher said he is against the mosque -- and all religious centers. Houses of worship "perpetuate mass delusion."

However, he understands that "there's a thing in this country called the First Amendment. And if somebody ever read it to Sarah Palin, she would understand that you're supposed to be allowed to worship whatever fairy tale you want to, wherever you want to ... Mel Gibson is allowed to build a church -- so should Islam."

He went on to discuss Palin, calling her an "evil dingbat." Throughout the monologue, the studio audience responded with a mixture of hearty agreement and weak, scattered clapping.

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'Ground Zero' Mosque Imam Regrets Picking Controversial Spot, But Doesn't Want To Move (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 9th 2010 9:55AM
Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam of the mosque which is planned for two blocks away from ground zero, was on 'Larry King Live' (weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN) and answered questions about the controversial project.

Guest host Soledad O'Brien brought up the fact that many American Muslims now think his building of the mosque has made it "more dangerous" for them.

"There is no doubt that this has become such a situation," Abdul Rauf agreed. "And I am deeply sensitive to that, and very concerned about that. And had I known this would have happened we certainly would never have done this."

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Stephen Colbert Learns That He's a Potential "Ground Zero" Terrorist (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 25th 2010 5:19AM
Stephen Colbert Learns That He's a Potential 'Ground Zero' TerroristOh, man. There's nothing worse than learning a dreadful secret about yourself. On the latest 'Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert discovers the worst thing of all. Yes, apparently the satirical super-patriotic news host ... is actually a secret terrorist. Uh-oh. That can't be good. And sadly, the whole thing is Jon Stewart's fault.

Yesterday on 'The Daily Show,' Jon Stewart uncovered a startling revelation. One of the men giving money to the "Ground Zero Mosque" in New York City is also a major Fox News shareholder. This man's name is Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. He owns 7% of the Fox News parent corporation, and he's also supporting the so-called 9/11 "terror mosque." Thus, there's a link between Fox News and the supposedly "dangerous" Islamic center. But then it gets worse.

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Jon Stewart: Why Won't Fox News Disclose That Ground Zero Mosque-Funder is News Corp Shareholder? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:37AM
Jon Stewart Links Fox News to the 'Ground Zero Mosque'Fox News has been fairly merciless in its criticism of the 'Ground Zero Mosque.' Commentators on the station consider the mosque to be dangerous and radical -- and they think that creating an Islamic center on the site is insensitive to the feelings of 9/11 survivors.

Correspondents on the network have also routinely been asking where the funding for the mosque is coming from. They have been implying that the money is coming from suspicious sources ... such as terrorists. But now, we learn that a man who has been funding the "Ground Zero Mosque" is the second largest shareholder of ... New Corp, Fox's parent company. Whoops. That's not good.

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Bill O'Reilly Claims No Construction Crew Will Work On 'Ground Zero' Mosque (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 18th 2010 2:20PM
According to Bill O'Reilly, the current debate over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque is moot.

Speaking with former George W. Bush speechwriter and mosque proponent Micheal Gerson on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weeknights, 8PM ET on Fox News) the opinionated talk show host guaranteed the Islamic center will not be built.

"That mosque down there? Not going to get built," O'Reilly insisted. "You know why, Mr. Gerson? There is not one construction crew in this city, in New Jersey or in Connecticut that is going to lift a hammer down there."

So what would happen if the mosque project remained green lit, but every red-blooded American construction worker in the tri-state area refused to work on it? Would the contractor be forced to call in illegal immigrant labor to get the job done?

Wow, illegals building a Ground Zero mosque. Just imagine O'Reilly's apocalyptic reaction to that.

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Keith Olbermann Comments on the 'Inaccurately Described Ground Zero Mosque' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:35PM
On 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' (Weekdays, 8 PM ET on MSNBC) Keith made his inevitable special comment on the so-called "Ground Zero" Mosque. He kicked off by repeating Pastor Martin Niemöller's oft-quoted statement on the the rise of Nazism in Germany: "... Then they came for the Jews, Olbermann read, "And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew..."

Next Olbermann drops the dubious disclaimer that by quoting Niemoller, he isn't making "a direct comparison" between those who want to suppress the Islamic center and those who enabled the Holocaust.

With that out the way, he gets to the heart of his special comment: correcting what he sees as inaccuracies in the arguments used by opponents of the project.

He rips Newt Gingrich for "pushing the nonsense that 'Cordoba' (the initial name of the project) is a Muslim dog-whistle for triumphalism."

"When the historic implications of Cordoba were made clear to the backers of this product, the property developer changed the name," Olbermann explained. "They already compromised."

Olbermann also addresses the issue of whether the Ground Zero Mosque is really even a mosque at all. He points out that it was actually planned as a Muslim community center, complete with basketball courts. Olbermann closes by imploring his viewers to stand up for the rights of minority groups when they are threatened. You can watch his entire special comment below:

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Jon Stewart vs. Glenn Beck; Fighting Over the 'Ground Zero' Mosque (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:00AM
Jon Stewart vs. Glenn Beck; Fighting Over the 'Ground Zero' Mosque'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart has been making fun of Fox News anchor Glenn Beck for a long time. On the latest episode of the show (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Stewart criticized Beck for his stance on the "Ground Zero" mosque.

In case you haven't been following this controversy -- it was proposed that a Islamic mosque and cultural center be built in Lower Manhattan. The site chosen was just two blocks away from the location of the 9/11 attacks.

Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans -- 64% or more -- oppose building the Islamic center. President Obama is in favor of the mosque. ... And naturally, Glenn Beck is against it. But tonight, Jon Stewart went after Beck, accusing him of "flip-flopping" and hypocrisy.

First, Beck attacked Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf -- the man who is trying to build the mosque. And then Beck presented this quote from Rauf:

"I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened [on 9/11], but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."

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Newt Gingrich Evokes Nazis in Ground Zero Mosque Debate (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 16th 2010 6:11PM
The controversy over the 'Ground Zero' mosque went national over the weekend when President Obama weighed in, and then clarified, his remarks on the issue.

Next Gingrich was on 'Fox & Friends' (weekdays, 6AM ET on Fox News) Monday morning, and he agreed with one thing the president said -- American Muslims currently have the legal right to build the mosque. But while the president punted on the "wisdom" of the project, Gingrich jumped right in, declaring "it is profoundly wrong to have a mosque that close to Ground Zero."

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust museum," he opined. "There's no reason for us to accept a mosque next to the World Trade Center."

Godwin's Law states that all discussions -- regardless of topic or scope -- inevitably devolve into each side yelling about Hitler and the Nazis. The law was initially formulated for the wild and crazy world of Internet discussions. However, it turns out the discourse on cable news isn't any more restrained or sensible. Especially when Newt Gingrich is involved.

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Greg Gutfeld Proposes Building Gay Bar Next to Ground Zero Mosque (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Aug 10th 2010 1:45PM
On Tuesday's 'Red Eye' (Weeknights, 3 AM ET on Fox News) television's really early morning zoo, ringleader Greg Gutfeld made a suggestion that is sure to entertain and offend: he wants to build a gay bar right next to the controversial "Ground Zero" mosque.

Not just any gay bar, but a gay bar that caters to Islamic men. "An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith," Gutfeld said.

"As you know, the Muslim faith doesn't look kindly upon homosexuality," Gutfeld explained. "Which is why I'm building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world."

Gutfled claims his gay bar idea is completely serious and not an elaborate satire: "This is not a joke. I've already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance."

What do you think about the Ground Zero Mosque gay bar: good idea or unnecessary provocation?

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