The media and Israel’s survival

posted at 9:27 am on July 18, 2006 by Bryan

Katie Couric’s listening tour
Nasrallah: uproot Israel *On Hezbollah’s missiles *On Salman Rushdie
Rubin on Nasrallah * Hezbollah history

Download Vent for your iPod

Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air



Trackback URL


“Facts. Don’t report the news without them.”

Great vent, Michelle. If only Katie was listening…

Pablo on July 18, 2006 at 9:48 AM

This dovetails perfectly with yesterday’s Vent. If the reporting isn’t flat-out seditious, ie: NYT; its all gumdrops and lollypops “I’m whirling around the country ‘listening’ tra-la-la-la-la” (I think she gets 5 million a year). At least when its that bonehead Turner, you can dismiss it as comedy.
Another powerful Vent Michelle.

angry_mike on July 18, 2006 at 10:04 AM

Katie Couric isn’t really on a Listening Tour. It is more like a PUBLICITY Tour.

pjcomix on July 18, 2006 at 10:17 AM

I don’t want somebody slanting the news to fit their preconceived notions; just give me the FACTS; I’ll come to my own conclusions; right or wrong.

They report, I decide. (Hey, that’d be a good slogan for somebody)

dalewalt on July 18, 2006 at 10:26 AM

More like a ‘See how great *KATIE* is’ tour.

‘Town meetings’ of hand-picked audiences?

Who watches network news anymore anyway?

CrazyFool on July 18, 2006 at 10:26 AM

Who watches network news anymore anyway?

What is this “network news” thing of which you speak?

Excellent Vent guys!

speed647 on July 18, 2006 at 10:28 AM

Ahhh… I get it… more “Truth” and “solutions” but don’t talk about those depressing facts…. got it…

Does this ditzy blonde truly believe that She has more intellectualy capacity than I??? or believes that her “Experience” in a crappy talk show overcomes my military and real world experience???

Hmmm… or is this just another attempt to control what the reader/listener thinks? Do you really think she came up with these “talking points” on her own?

Romeo13 on July 18, 2006 at 10:31 AM

Facts aren’t always pretty. Beginning about 600 AD, Muslims start invading and conquering other nations. Syria and Iraq in 633, Persia and Damascus in 635, Jerusalem fell in 637, Egypt in 639, Azerbaijan, Daghestan, Georgia, and Armenia in 641, Cyprus in 649, etc. As the conquering hoard continued to spread, attacking and murdering anyone along the way, they eventually get to France and Spain and via Africa they move on Rome. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people die at the hands of Islam over this period of 500 years or so. Battles occur constantly against non Muslim peoples right up until 1095 AD when the Christian Crusades launch an effort to drive murdering Islamic hoards back into the sand Nations. Which they actually accomplish through a number of terribly bloody battles in the next few hundred years.

Now, Islam feels emboldened by liberal minded capitualtion to them and their goals over the last few decades. So Islam is attempting to come out to play, again, but as they themselves here and now, and history, has proven, they don’t play nice with others.

So we have to choose. The Freedom loving peoples of the earth can either sit back and watch the whole of Islam history unfold all over again, murdering millions in their tide, or, the Free World can fight back before it gets far uglier than it is now.

The progressive liberals over at DU seem to think that talk, or even laying down our arms as a show of “peace”, will pursuade Islam to stop what they are doing and play nice. They are ignorant fools. It’s the old saying about how those who fail to learn from history are bound to repeat it. But the “peace at any cost” and “oh by the way, I hate America” liberal crowd will do ANYTHING to undermine the free world. And they are doing it right before our eyes, every single day.

NRA4Freedom on July 18, 2006 at 10:32 AM

Good vent! Emphasizing Hezbolla’s goals and mindset by the words of their leader helps keep the current events in proper perspective. I also appreciate the continuing updates by Allah.

Katie is petty. Attention to her detracts from what you do best.

roydee43 on July 18, 2006 at 10:35 AM

Laying down arms, negotiating, talking…

It’s all perceived as weakness by militant islam. And it gives them all the more reason to press forward again and again. There simply is no one to negotiate with in good faith.

That’s just the truth.

Contrary to popular belief, in life there are often really difficult decisions to make. Deciding to survive is one of those decisions.

techno_barbarian on July 18, 2006 at 10:38 AM

Keep it up, Michelle. Your vents far and away some of the most effective available today.

ZULU on July 18, 2006 at 10:42 AM

Well done
The Salman Rushdie part was nic,e to bring up, he has sort of been forgotten

Defector01 on July 18, 2006 at 11:11 AM

Exactly whose “solutions” does Katie plan on offering? Just the facts, maam. Please.

I just don’t understand how in the world they can have their heads in the sand and not understand that Hezbollah (and all the others) wants us all (not just the Jews, but all of us) dead, at any cost. They have said it over and over and over again. Do they just not listen???

StephC on July 18, 2006 at 11:11 AM

Exactly whose “solutions” does Katie plan on offering?

I’m sure there’s a “Final Solution” somewhere out there waiting to be implemented….

Do they just not listen???

Of course they hear and listen. They just don’t care as long as Christers and President Bush get it first….

ScottG on July 18, 2006 at 11:24 AM

NRA4Freedom — Thanks for the history capsule.

The impression left by public school and college history and the movie industry was that the crusaders were just religious bigots and adventurers. In recent years there have been a few references to what you just laid out. What you said helps join a lot of pieces together for me.

Hey Michelle! A vent clarifying the history of Muslim expansion and and “assimilation” might also help keep current events in perspective for others not familiar with history.

I have been in Syria and Algeria and the indigenous people of those countries still regard the Muslims as conquerers and occupiers.

roydee43 on July 18, 2006 at 12:03 PM

Was that “Gab fest” or “GAG fest”? I think gag fest is the better term, personally. I certainly gag whenever I hear the ole perky one, don’t know about the rest of ya.

xanadu1015 on July 18, 2006 at 12:08 PM

ScottG, you are absolutely correct. I’m really worried about what this country is turning into.

StephC on July 18, 2006 at 12:18 PM

offering “solutions” is a way to continue to disguise their progressive views as news.

pullingmyhairout on July 18, 2006 at 12:39 PM

Hot Air Smackdown continues…nicely said Michelle. Between Couric and Rather popping up everywhere recently on tv, it’s nice to see you take her down so artfully. Michelle M., putting foot to a$$ for Hot Air, 24/7. Cheers.

austinnelly on July 18, 2006 at 12:44 PM

MM bombards Fort Katie with facts. Fort Katie flexes muscle by reaching out for good feelings.

NRA4Freedom launches truth in history missile. ScottG identifies FSP, Final Solution Agreement:
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

It’s a small world after all.

Obvious difference between Couric and Nasrallah: one of them has a plan.

Problems like Rushdie are not on Couric’s list of problems. Rushdie is more likely on her list of irritants somewhere below MM, and mosquitos. We get to relive the 1930’s with nukes added thanks to the current crop of Mbats.

entagor on July 18, 2006 at 12:55 PM

From the word “GO!”, when the camera light goes on at CBS Evening News, Katie Couric will be the 3rd place teleprompter reader. Less than a year from now, Couric will be as irreleant as the rest of the Network Evening News Broadcasts, and she’ll be doing a Maury Povich-style talk show. That’s the solution; bank on it.

Yiddish Steel on July 18, 2006 at 12:56 PM

Katie and facts. Hmmmmm. Well, perhaps she can once again perkily reasure us that her boobs are real, just like she did when she subsituted for David Letterman some time ago. That’s a start. Perhaps her solution is not to have a solution?

Anyway, Michelle, thanks for another excellent vent. The describing Heznoballsa, their evil, and how their behavior and activities are not focused strongly on by the MSM.

And the MSM scratch their heads (or whatevers)trying to understand why so many Americans turn their back on them.

Michelle, thanks to you, Bryan, Allahpundit, and Mark for this outstanding site.

The False Dervish on July 18, 2006 at 1:10 PM

Solutions to the worlds problems from the networks especially from clueless Couric? What a bad joke!!

docdave on July 18, 2006 at 1:45 PM

What Couric is saying is what the PRINT media has been doing for over a decade now.

Douglas Kneeland, then public editor of the Chicago Tribune, published 2 columns in September of 1992. On September 8, he wrote:

“The Chicago Tribune, as have most of the big newspapers and a good many smaller ones, has moved steadily over the last decade toward writing stories that give context and perspective to the most important news. Instead of just laying out one purported fact after another, we have increasingly tried to explain and analyze to give your our best understanding of the truth to which those facts add up.

“This is not something new. The weekly news magazines have been doing it since their beginnings, often especially in their earlier years, with what, frequently seemed to be transparent points of view. With cable television and other 24-hours sources of immediate news available, the major newspapers have more and more turned to putting out daily something resembling the old weekly news magazines in content, heavy on behind-the-scenes reporting, explanation and analysis, but hopefully without the overtones of partisanship.

“. . . Sometimes we are not as shophisticated as we should be and allow gratuitous opinion to substitute for needed context and factual wisdom. We must avoid point of view and polemics.”

The above is simply “code” for “you readers are too *F-ING* *STUPID* to make the “correct” intrepretation, so we’re gonna tell you, instead, what to think”

Couric, through her biased, über-liberal “interviewing” (she always fawns over Hillary and spits at conservatives), her transparent attempt to appear “smart” by wearing glasses when pretending to do a “serious,” intellectual interview, and her smarmy demeanor is not going to help a network whose latest claim to fame is that they got *CAUGHT* using forged document while trying to throw the 2004 election to Kerry.

I avoid watching her, and this will not change, not matter what network she’s on.

As far as I am concerned, her two most “important” contributions to so-called “television journalism” was (1) when she interviewed Ann Coulter when “Slander” came out — and I saw Coulter verbally kick her teeth in, in the process, and (2) her “Colonic Tour” event (i.e., the televised colonoscopy) which proved to the world that she not only *has* an asshole, she *IS* one too!

georgej on July 18, 2006 at 2:08 PM

I suggest Katie’s first story cover the route she “hoped” Saddam Hussein would have taken to escape from the Baghdad Push.

The Therapist on July 18, 2006 at 2:10 PM

As someone else mentioned, thanks, NRA4Freedom, for the fine overview. Even a cursory look into Islam shows that they are believing a lie, based on many lies.
Generally the loud yelling is as much to convince themselves that they are not living a lie as to get their message out.
One of the beliefs they hold is that the Koran is actually older than the Bible, which misses being true by only 600 years (New Testament) and 900 years (Old Testament). If physical evidence is needed to substantiate that the Bible is older than the Koran, the Dead Sea Scrolls do nicely, as they confirm that the Bible we read today is the same text as written in ancient Israel.
If we had no other truth to hang a belief on, the fact that the Bible predates the Koran proves that Islam is false, as the Koran is central to Islamic beliefs.

Doug on July 18, 2006 at 2:33 PM

Oh, and I guess I failed to mention that a lot of the Nations Islam conquered during that period were, at the time, filled with Christians, prior to Islam killing or forcing them out and converting everyone who was left to Islam. Most people would never even begin to think that places like Azerbaijan and Armenia and the like were Christian places long before they were forced to worship Islam by invading occupiers.

NRA4Freedom on July 18, 2006 at 2:53 PM

“Listening tour”? Who the heck is she listening to? The voices in her head?

kaseiryu on July 18, 2006 at 3:06 PM

On the subject of what the west does about Islam, Wretchard at the Belmont club wrote an essay in September 2003 about what happens when Iran (and/or Al Qaeda, etc.) get nukes.

The essay is at

The title is “The Three Conjectures” in which Wretchard lays out 3 scenarios concerning nukes in the hands of the Islamofascists.

Scenario 1: Their possession of nukes LOWERS the nuclear threshold, and eliminates mutual assured destruction as a viable deterrent strategy.

As Wretchard puts it:

The taboo which held back generations from mass murder has been mentally crossed by radical Islam and their hand gropes uncertainly for the dagger.

Scenario 2: The problem with the Islamofascists is that there is no unity of command, as with a nation-state. Each one of these “leaders” can issue a “fatwa” that authorizes murder, independently of one another, and there is no requirement to honor either a fatwa or the cancellation of one by any other religious “leader.”

So the problem becomes, as Wretchard put it:

At this point, a United States choked with corpses could still not negotiate an end to hostilities or deter further attacks. There would be no one to call on the Red Telephone, even to surrender to. In fact, there exists no competent Islamic authority, no supreme imam who could stop a jihad on behalf of the whole Muslim world. Even if the terror chiefs could somehow be contacted in this apocalyptic scenario and persuaded to bury the hatchet, the lack of command and control imposed by the cell structure would prevent them from reining in their minions. Due to the fixity of intent, attacks would continue for as long as capability remained. Under these circumstances, any American government would eventually be compelled by public desperation to finish the exchange by entering -1 x 10^9 in the final right hand column: total retaliatory extermination.

You read that correctly.

Wretchard is saying that should even ONE of these fanatics gets and uses a nuke, the end result may be the eradication of nearly ALL Muslims, all 1.5 billion of them, and that we would have no choice about it, as there is no unity of command to arrange an end of hostilities.

This is truly a grim possibility. But given the 8th Century mindset of the Islamofascist “leaders” who clearly intend to make Islam supreme in the world, what choice may we have?

And for the liberals reading this, save your ‘tut-tuts’ about this, because Wretchard notes one other aspect of Islamic history:

Even if Islam killed every non-Muslim on earth they would almost certainly continue to kill each other with their new-found weaponry. Revenge bombings between rival groups and wars between different Islamic factions are the recurring theme of history.

In other words, SHOULD THE ISLAMOFASCISTS GET NUKES, HUMANITY, THE SPECIES, DIES ANYWAY! No need to worry about “global warming” and “penguins marching” across the desert after that….

Wretchard’s final scenario is the most hopeful one.

He points out that this is humanity’s “golden hour” — an anology to that period of time in trauma medicine when it is possible to save severely injured patients if they can get medical help.

It is supremely ironic that the survival of the Islamic world should hinge on an American victory in the War on Terror, the last chance to prevent that terrible day in which all the decisions will have already been made for us. That effort really consists of two separate aspects: a campaign to destroy the locus of militant Islam and prevent their acquisition of WMDs; and an attempt to awaken the world to the urgency of the threat. While American arms have proven irresistible, much of Europe, as well as moderates in the Islamic world, remain blind to the danger and indeed increase it.

What we saw of Hezbollah in the “vent” is the reality that threatens to destroy the entire world. Murderous “leaders” like Nasrallah will not stop with the destruction of Israel. Hezbollah is a proxy for Iran, and we know Iran has been attacking the United States on a regular basis since 1979. And anyone who thinks that Iran will not pull the nuclear trigger on the USA is a fool.

some liberals are incapable of seeing this, unfortunately. Some are dupes and “useful idiots” who think singing “Kumbyah” with these fanatics will prevent a nuclear catostrophy.

These “useful idiots” do not (and will never) speak for me.

They must never be allowed to come to power.

georgej on July 18, 2006 at 3:07 PM

I note with great interest that Nasrallah (the Nazgûl?) said that Hezbollah began acquiring many many missiles starting in 1992…

Hmm… Who was it that became “the most powerful man in the world” about that same time? Bill Something???…

Mere coincidence, or is there a connection?

LegendHasIt on July 18, 2006 at 4:02 PM

Okay… who is perkier?

Katie Couric or Michelle Malkin?

We need a poll!

Lawrence on July 18, 2006 at 5:43 PM

Good catch Legend, that time frame enabled them to continue for the next 8 years towards 9-11 and the Clinton mess we as a country, GWB and some of our allies around the world are still cleaning up.

As for Nasrallah and his other jolly Fatwa friends, their pep rallies sure are extremely familiar aren’t they? Kinda like the Nazi rallies in the 40’s, just in different colors and wearing turbans.

Katy can’t handle the truth..

chicagoray on July 18, 2006 at 5:46 PM

Cute,Perky,and Fact providing newsroom cage match:

Has to be Michelle hands down.

chicagoray on July 18, 2006 at 5:49 PM

I’m now convinced.

It is the mid-1930s all over again, once again a fascist dictator and his minions are in power, once again we’re being told specifically – exactly – what his plans are …

… and once again, we will do nothing. Until its too late.

The time to act is now. Not when Tel Aviv is a smoking hole in the ground, not when Syria and Iran and Egypt and Jordan are massing at the Golan Heights.

Now. Now is the time.

We aren’t guessing. We’ve been told, over and over, exactly what will happen. Iranian President Imanutjob could not possibly be clearer in his intentions. Just like his counterpart 60 years ago. All that’s missing is Mein Kampf and a befuddled Josef Stalin figure.

This is deja vu all over again.

Yet once again, we’re going to let the socialist left turn what could be a minor conflict into a global conglagration.

Once again, we’re going to play Neville Chamberlain and sooner rather than later, we’ll have the modern version of “peace in our day.”

We could do it differently this time.

But we won’t.

And anyone who thinks the above is wrongheaded or hyperbolic, just come talk to me in 2020. They laughed at Adolph, too.

Now is the time. Act – or pay the price.

Professor Blather on July 18, 2006 at 6:49 PM

Good Ness.

Michelle needs to stop wearing dresses like that. I can’t pay attention to teh NeWZZ0rs.

venmax on July 18, 2006 at 8:10 PM

Katie, “America’s Sweetheart”??? I’d say,”America’s SweetTART!!!!!”. Take that as you wish, she gives me, “Bitter Beer Face”.

Danske on July 19, 2006 at 12:55 AM

May God continue to Bless Israel. I believe that He will never allow the Jews to be totally decimated, nor will Israel fall into Muslim hands. Could this recent war be in part meant to bring Jews back to God, trusting in His Providence rather than their own strength? We shall see.

Doug on July 19, 2006 at 2:26 AM

You may want to re-phrase that Lawrence.

bbz123 on July 19, 2006 at 8:41 AM

Professor Blather,
The number 6 best selling book in Palestine in 2000 was “Mein Kampf”.
It is still one of the most read books in Iran.

So you see? They already have it.
Now who can we get to play Ole smokin Joe Stalin? Maybe Kim jong Ill?

Wyrd on July 19, 2006 at 8:52 AM

Okay… who is perkier?

Katie Couric or Michelle Malkin?

What type of a question is that to ask? :-D

Michelle, most definately!

Michelle needs to stop wearing dresses like that. I can’t pay attention to teh NeWZZ0rs

On the contrary, Michelle needs to wear MORE dresses like that, and more tank tops and belly t-shirts. Indeed, if Michelle were a single lady (i.e., no husband), I would suggest a leopard bikini.

I must say that it is a true pleasure that from time to time, we can compliment on how great Michelle looks without getting a lecture from some womens’ lefts group and without Michelle becoming upset because we do honestly and sincerely compliment her. For me, this demonstrates that Michelle has a good heart and a good down-to-earth nature. Being a champion of civility DOES NOT make a lady a prude or priggish (something that Michelle has unfairly and inaccurately been accused of in the past).

While we must always remember the important, serious, purpose of HOTAIR of keeping us informed, to challenge the dinosaur MSM, to get involved, and to engage the enemies of our still free and great nation, we must also remember that part of HOTAIR’s purpose is to entertain and to laugh.

The False Dervish on July 19, 2006 at 9:52 AM