Fox News Rips Richard Silverstein

Megan Kelly CAIR Honor Diaries Film Richard SilversteinOn International Women’s day, March 8, a devastating new film about the endemic culture of brutally oppressing women within Islamic society was debuted. This film is now being shown on campuses and other venues across America.

I haven’t seen the film yet, but knowing who produced it and some of the people involved in the project, I fully expect it to be excellent.

What’s more interesting is that Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Brotherhood front organisation that claims to speak for America’s Muslims (I really wish more American Muslims would stand up and disavow them), has objected to this film. They haven’t really got any solid reasons so they just scream “Islamophobia” a lot and hurl ad hominem attacks at the creators or producers of the film. It does appear that CAIR’s main line of attack is to point out the group that funded the film is run by Jews.

They’re trying to get all showing of this film stopped because Islam can’t accept criticism and has no need for concepts such as the paraphrasing of Voltaire “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.

So Fox News ran a piece on the film and asked CAIR for a representative to defend their anti-free speech stance. Instead of sending someone from their organisation, they put forward Richard Silverstein to speak for them! Let that sink in: Muslim Brotherhood linked group CAIR puts forward a Jewish blogger from Seattle to attack a film about the horrendous treatment of women in Muslim society.

Seriously. Richard Silverstein is now on the CAIR rolodex as an official apologist! It’s pretty hard to reconcile his claim to be “pro-Israel” with an organisation which the Anti Defamation League (ADL) describes as:

CAIR also continues to offer a platform to conspiratorial Israel-bashers and outright anti-Semites.  For example, CAIR’s Florida chapter operates a Web site that makes anti-Semitic material available for visitors interested in learning about Islam. CAIR also organizes anti-Israel rallies during which protestors and speakers engage in anti-Semitic rhetoric, use offensive Holocaust imagery likening Jews and Israelis to Nazis, and express support for terror groups.

So are we to assume Richard Silverstein is a “conspiratorial Israel-basher and outright anti-Semite”?

But wait, there’s more! After being asked to appear by the producers of the Megyn Kelly show, dear old Dickie stuck up one of his usual personal screeds. It’s unclear whether he then declined to appear or had the invitation revoked but he did not appear. Without mentioning his name, Megyn Kelly said this about him (video will be embedded later):

We reached out to CAIR to get its perspective…CAIR pointed us to a blogger who, instead of coming on to defend his criticism of the film decided to write a hit piece lamenting that “Jews” produced this film and that FoxNews was intent on ginning up controversy over the movie.  Clearly CAIR’s chosen spokesperson wanted FoxNews to back off of its coverage.

That sounds like a pretty fair and balanced view of Richard Silverstein’s work. Dickie flew into a rage and emailed the show and received (and I still can’t believe this bit) and then actually published on his own blog the devastating email the show sent him! It’s a gem!

Dear Mr. Silverstein:

We are always interested in discussing the day’s top issues with intelligent, reasonable, and thoughtful guests. Sadly, your ad hominem attacks on Ms. Kelly and the puerile postings on your website make it clear you are not a member of that group. The a priori attempts to quash the debate by impugning our motives and questioning our integrity didn’t help either.


Tom Lowell
Executive Producer
The Kelly File

Seriously!  Not only did Fox write that to him, HE PUBLISHED IT!

Here’s the Fox show: I hope to see the movie soon, I’m sure it’s disturbing and important.



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  • steven

    Eric Bolling on the Five mentioned his name he said some blogger name Silverstein wrote a piece for CAIR saying no Jew has a right to talk about human rights.I cracked up when i heard the name Silverstein.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    So Dickie actually supports the violent oppression of women in the umma. Heal the world, my ass.

  • Jim from Iowa

    And Fox News has such high standards in the people they do put on the air, too! Just last week they had some crackpot on who was speculating that the missing Malaysian Air jet might have been hijacked by Islamic terrorists and could be somewhere in Pakistan at that very moment.

    • Travis

      As opposed to CNN who had a psychic on to find out where the plane was. Yeah Muslim “extremists” have never brought an airplane down in a suicide attempt – wait that actually did happen on EgyptAir once (October 31, 1999) with the pilot who brought his own plane down. Give it up Mr. Moral Equivalence!

      • Jim from Iowa

        I find it ironic that they felt Richard Silverstein was unfit to appear on Megyn Kelly’s show (they were right), but seem to apply questionable journalistic standards in having on people who fit in with their political agenda when it suits Fox. I was questioning Fox News’ journalistic standards, not equating one news story to another. Wasn’t that obvious to you, Travis?

        • ray_in_seattle

          All major news media do it. NPR and PBS included. People generally know this and will discount accordingly if they wish to.

          • mzk1_1

            ESPECIALLY NPR and PBS.

        • Travis

          Megyn Kelly although she leans Right follows my philosophy of “pursue the truth wherever it may lead you”, Jim. She is no shill or talking points ideologue such as Maddow, Matthews, or Sean Hannity. That should be obvious to ay one who eatches her except fe most blinkered of ideologues.

          • Travis

            Not good to type on a Tablet. Last sentence should be “This should be obvious to any one who watches her except for the most blinkered of ideologues”.

        • rulierose

          a crackpot with a tinfoil-hat theory is not equivalent to a vile Jew-hating bigot. THAT’S what should be obvious.

          • Jim from Iowa

            Fox News showed good news judgment in not having Richard Silverstein on air for the reasons they gave. I wish they would show such judgment more consistently in deciding who to have on their news programs. I also wish Fox News’ principle purpose was to inform their viewers rather than to advance a political agenda.

            • mzk1_1

              You mean unlike CNN, NBC, ABC, and CBS, who have been doing the latter at least since 1968? (Not to mention MSNBC, which doesn’t even have reporters and features a Jew-baiter with actual blood on his hands?)

              • Jim from Iowa

                I suppose your point of view is affected by whose Gore is being Foxed, or rather, whose ox is being gored, but I see Fox News as being at the forefront of a purported news organization having a clear political agenda. I don’t even see it as Republican vs. Democrat as much as the haves vs. the have nots.

    • ray_in_seattle

      There’s a pretty good chance that he got the first part correct.

  • Travis

    Ouch that has got to hurt!

  • rulierose

    it’s hilarious that Dickie would post their letter on his own website. did he not realize he’d been PWNED?

    btw: the film is being shown on college campuses, but it’s also NOT being shown on college campuses. just last week at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, friends of mine who went to see it were told by the policemen (!) at the auditorium that the movie had been cancelled because “the Muslims weren’t happy” or words to that effect. it “might” be rescheduled.

    we’ll see. Dearborn, in case you don’t know, is the public university where we taxpayers built footbaths for the Muslim students.

  • ahad_ha_amoratsim

    Of course we should not assume that Richard Silverstein is a conspiratorial Israel-basher and outright anti-Semite, any more than we should assume that hydrogen has only one electron and one proton, or that dry paper will burn when exposed to heat and oxygen. There is no reason to assume things for which there is ample proof.

  • Shimona from the Palace

    And have you seen Little Dickie’s (no pun intended) latest vicious ad hominem attack on “Islamophobe Ayan Hirsi Ali”?

    • Shimona from the Palace

      Oops, sorry. Hit the button too soon ;-)

  • Shimona from the Palace

    And have you seen Little Dicky’s (no pun intended) latest vicious, ad hominem attack on “Islamophobe Ayan Hirsan Ali” who is “a divisive, hateful figure”?
    Why? Because, having been born and brought up a Muslim, she actually knows something about the realities of that religion. Little Dicky, of course, has been proved, time and time again, to know nothing about Islam and precious little about Judaism, the religion he claims as his own.

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