Here's the video of my appearance on Geraldo last night. Geraldo epitomized the mainstream media's attempt to marginalize and minimize both our rally against the mega-mosque, and the opposition to the Ground Zero mosque in general. After a long conversation with Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Hussein Haqqani, who came out in favor of moving the mega-mosque away from Ground Zero, Geraldo told his viewers that he was now going to turn from the reasonable to the extreme side of the argument. And to represent the two extremes, he would talk with notorious race baiter Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party and…Atlas. And despite the fact that the position I hold on the mosque is held by seventy percent of Americans, Geraldo kept trying throughout the segment to portray my views as the extreme flip side of the views of the America-hating, conspiracy-mongering Shabazz. This was the set-up. Geraldo deliberately and maliciously framed his slanderous narrative in an obvious attempt to destroy my credibility and position before I could get a word out (when he would allow me to get a word in).
While he let Shabazz ramble on about America's alleged crimes and supposed hatred of Muslims, Geraldo not only interrupted me repeatedly, but also gave me some simply bizarre responses, as if he had already written out his responses to what he thought I was going to say and was determined to stick to his script no matter what I said. So when I said that Daisy Khan had been the one who said that the mosque would break ground on September 11, 2011, Geraldo responded by asking me sarcastically if I was saying this was some big conspiracy. Conspiracy? What's a conspiracy about a public announcement, reported in the Daily News and USA Today, that they'd break ground on September 11 of next year?
Well, Geraldo, we are not all extremists. We are not going away, either. Defending America is not extreme. Truth has become extreme. Truth is the new hate speech. The lies that Geraldo and others like you tell about us, and the boxes you push us into, become more obvious to more people every day. Our rally, attended by tens of thousands (just look at the pictures) that you dismissed as 1,500 is a case in point. You can pretend those people don't exist, Geraldo, but they do. We do. And we're going to keep fighting to defend our country, whatever you call us, and whatever lies you tell.
Redemption came when I left the FOX news building and there was a woman standing outside watching the show on the outdoor screens. She came right up to me to shake my hand. She said, I agreed with everything you said. You were the best one on there. "Geraldo is going a little ……" and then she motioned with her finger to her head in a circular motion and made the cuckoo gesture. Bingo.
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