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VIDEO: Why Are Glenn Beck and Fox News Attacking Dutch Leader Geert Wilders?

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Pamela Geller is livid and David Horowitz says “Fox News might as well be MSNBC” after Brett Baier and Glenn Beck depicted Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders . . . well, kind of like MSNBC would:

CubaChi of The Right Scoop describes Wilders:

A hero, a man who is risking life and limb to rescue the Netherlands and Europe from radical Islamization and communism taking grip of his country and continent. Everyday he has to wear a safety vest and hide his family and give them 24-hour security because he is willing to say the unpopular thing to protect and defend his nation.

Roger Simon of Pajamas Media:

Regarding Wilders, I had the pleasure of meeting the man at a party in Los Angeles last year and spent thirty minutes or so talking with him, often one-on-one. He is extremely well-spoken and personable.

Many other American conservatives have defended Wilders, so why is he getting the “scary right-winger” treatment from Fox News? Diana West is suspicious:

Fact is, this anti-Geert pundit solidarity will only delight Newscorp stakeholder Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. That’s because it is Wilders in the Netherlands who stands as the unexpectedly strong spearhead of resistance to the Islamization of Europe and the wider West. As a scion of the most powerful sharia dictatorship in the world, Prince Talal doesn’t like that. How fortunate for him that Fox News doesn’t like it, either.

OK, I hate to get conspiratorial about these things. My own hunch is that some of these people at Fox are getting their “facts” about Wilders from liberal news outlets. Following the Freedom Party’s recent gains in the Dutch elections, Wilders traveled to Britain where the press played him up as a villain and left-wing groups organized protests. Here’s how the Associated Press reported it:

Anti-fascist demonstrators scuffled with police Friday in a protest against Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who brought his film denouncing Islam and the Quran to Britain’s august House of Lords.
Wilders, riding an electoral wave in the Netherlands based on his anti-immigration populism, screened the film to about 60 people, including a half-dozen peers, in a wood-paneled committee room in Parliament. Outside dozens of protesters jeered and chanted “Fascist thugs off our streets!” . . .
The protest by Unite Against Fascism was countered by a rival demonstration further down the River Thames of more than 100 people from the English Defense League, a self-described “counter-jihad” movement with links to Britain’s far-right.

If the protesters against Wilders are “anti-fascist,” then what does that make Wilders? He’s a “fascist” in the same sense that Mark Steyn is a fascist — which is to say, someone the Left hates.

A couple years ago I covered a David Horowitz speech at George Washington University where the left-wing protest pests chanted, “Racist! Sexist! Anti-Gay! David Horowitz go away!”

Horowitz is none of those things, but the protesters chant that stuff because they know that the accusations have propaganda value, stigmatizing Horowitz in the eyes of people who don’t know anything about him but who don’t want to be associated with racism, sexism or homophobia. A group calls itself “Unite Against Facism” and anyone they target for protests is immediately on the defensive: If you’re not a fascist, why are “anti-fascists” protesting against you? It’s like “peace” groups and “environmental” groups — who is against peace? Who wants to be labeled “anti-environment”?

The effectiveness of the Left’s propaganda against Wilders, I think, explains why he got such hostile treatment Monday from Fox News.

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For every good thing Beck does, he cancels it out with something like this.

Cylor on March 9, 2010 at 2:09 AM

Villepin is far right? Really? I think Beck’s getting Villepin mixed up with Le Pen, who is far right. Oh well, I gave up on Beck months ago.

Mark1971 on March 9, 2010 at 2:23 AM

Glenn should delve before he dives into international waters. Is this the same Wilders who uses Ronald Reagan speech excerpts to make his points concerning the Netherlands freedoms, security and sovereignty?

If you need some time off to recharge Glenn, let ‘em know. Otherwise, loose lips sink ships.

Americannodash on March 9, 2010 at 4:32 AM

Glenn Beck is right on a lot, but he doesn’t get Islam. Remember back in his CNN days when he was on a mission to gather a large group of moderate Muslims? He ended up with a handful of apostates and a couple of taqiyya experts. I don’t know why he is so dense on this issue. Perhaps it’s his sensitivity over those who criticize Mormons.

Disturb the Universe on March 9, 2010 at 8:13 AM

OK, I hate to get conspiratorial about these things. My own hunch is that some of these people at Fox are getting their “facts” about Wilders from liberal news outlets.

Perhaps they read LGF.

Disturb the Universe on March 9, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Oh, and good post, MCCain.

Gert Wilders is a hero.

Disturb the Universe on March 9, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Wilders does want to ban the Koran. I am for free speech, so the Koran, Das Kapital and even Mein Kampf should not be banned.

rbj on March 9, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Debbie Schlussel has everything you need to know about this.

SouthernGent on March 9, 2010 at 9:37 AM

rbj on March 9, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I agree that Wilders is using the wrong tactic. From what I’ve read he bases his stance on the hate-speech argument the Euroweenies use against him. Still, he is one of the few who have the cajones to stand up against the dhimmitude of Europe. For that, he is a hero.

Disturb the Universe on March 9, 2010 at 9:40 AM

I don’t know where everyone got the impression that Wilders wants to ban the Koran. He called Islam a radical ideology and he does not want to lose the autonomy of his nation.
Mark Steyn has repeatedly warned us about the downfall of Europe because of its Islamization. Geert did the same.

cubachi on March 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

David Horowitz’s Frontpage Magazine has previously exposed the link between Fox News and its Saudi shareholder, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

aengus on March 9, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Videos pulled because of copyright. Sounds suspicious.

zmdavid on March 9, 2010 at 11:14 AM

cubachi on March 9, 2010 at 10:23 AM

I think what he says is that if you ban Mein Kamf as hate speech, you should ban the Koran as well. This could be taken as a call to ban the Koran or a call to rethink hate literature laws.

zmdavid on March 9, 2010 at 11:19 AM

I think what he says is that if you ban Mein Kamf as hate speech, you should ban the Koran as well. This could be taken as a call to ban the Koran or a call to rethink hate literature laws.

zmdavid on March 9, 2010 at 11:19 AM

That is extremely unsettling and one area where I’m pretty much scared by conservative thought on the issue. I can’t help but think that some may want to turn our east/west conflict into a holy war.

Black Yoshi on March 9, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Why did they make youtube take these videos down? I’ve never known Fox to do that.

Cheesestick on March 9, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Lemme get this straight
Islam is a religion of peace
so Wilders need a bullet-proof vest and personal security
Gottit

And as for the MSNBC v FNS rivalry
now its more on a shia v sunni territory than something even remotely American
But in the end, both shias and sunnis unite
against the kafirs….just give these some time

macncheez on March 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Glenn Beck is a man. Glenn Beck the man is expected to err sometimes; sometimes even make stupidest mistakes, sometimes (like in the case with mistaking Dominic de Villepin for Le Pen) likely because of people working along with him. What matters is whether Glenn Beck is overwhelmingly right and keeps one-upping the score on ‘liberals’, statists and the like.

Other than that, here in Europe the ones who are permitted to ban not only Muslim burkas but headscarves as well (in schools and public buildings) are the “mainstream politicians” – the likes of Mr. Sarkozy in 2004 in France, for example. Or Belgians, as long as they aren’t from among Flemish nationalists. Or Berlin

Having the label of ‘far right’ attached kinda makes one less than a complete person, unfit to do what others may well do :) That and because Wilders is popular is why all the hue over him and not Sarkozy, Belgians, Germans or others.

I wish Mr. Wilders got out of going for headscarves business, though. Burkas are another thing entirely.

JanisB on March 9, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Glenn Beck is certifiable mentally ill.

Muse Doctor on March 9, 2010 at 6:57 PM

That is extremely unsettling and one area where I’m pretty much scared by conservative thought on the issue. I can’t help but think that some may want to turn our east/west conflict into a holy war.

Black Yoshi on March 9, 2010 at 1:21 PM

too late dhimmi dummy – ever hear of 9/11????

bill30097 on March 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

too late dhimmi dummy – ever hear of 9/11????

bill30097 on March 9, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Ever hear of 1.6 billion Muslims?? (a lot of which live in India and Indonesia, for that matter)

Think they’re all trying to get us? You may not but I’m afraid your post doesn’t give you much leeway.

Black Yoshi on March 9, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I’m not terribly surprised at Beck’s most recent loonery – I really think the man is losing his grip on reality – but I expected much better from the sole conservative TV news network.

Dark-Star on March 10, 2010 at 1:54 PM

I can’t help but think that some may want to turn our east/west conflict into a holy war.

Black Yoshi on March 9, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Yep. Look no further than Ann Coulter.

Dark-Star on March 10, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Black Yoshi, islam’s been waging war against all “infidels” since before Mohammed died.

OhioCoastie on March 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Black Yoshi, islam’s been waging war against all “infidels” since before Mohammed died.

OhioCoastie on March 10, 2010 at 2:48 PM

The assumption is that “Islam” hasn’t stopped. I give Catholicism the benefit of the doubt after four crusades, so I don’t see any reason why the same shouldn’t be applied to Islam as over a billion Muslims are living in a state of peace today.

When it comes down to it, nationalism is the primary motivation for a lot of hostile Middle Eastern countries. For example, Saddam attempted to use Islam as one prop out of many to justify himself, and the nations that so frequently ganged up on Israel won’t take fellow Muslim Palestinian refugees or deal with their problems. Thus I see no reason to believe “Islam” is at war with everyone else.

Black Yoshi on March 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Pardon that should be “The assumption is that the expansionism of “Islam” hasn’t stopped.”

Black Yoshi on March 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Wilders does want to ban the Koran. I am for free speech, so the Koran, Das Kapital and even Mein Kampf should not be banned

Mein Kampf has always been banned in the Netherlands. Sure, banning books is always wrong. Wilders’ point is that the koran is as bad as Mein Kampf. His call to ban the koran makes a lot of sense in the Dutch context!

Geert Wilders is a classic liberal in the same vein as Pim Fortuyn, Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. None of them have ever had ANYTHING to do with neo-nazism or fascism! All are the absolute opposite of fascism, heroes of free speech and democracy in the face of real violence.

I’m very disappointed in Glenn Beck…

Belgian Vlaams Belang however ARE the new incarnation of a formerly neo-nazi group and there are still many white power nuts among their supporters. Pamela Geller and others who think VB are natural allies to American conservatives are F***ING MORONS.

European politics can be a minefield. Don’t take anything for granted, don’t assume you know until you’ve researched it!

modifiedcontent on March 10, 2010 at 6:17 PM