Stephen Colbert ripped into the “brave men and women of America’s newsrooms who identified the culprit long before the Norwegian authorities did” and falsely blamed Muslim jihadists for Friday’s Oslo attacks.
After showing clips from Fox News and MSNBC, he honed in on both the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin. “So if you’re pulling a news report completely out of your ass, it is safer to go with Muslim,” Colbert concluded. “That’s not prejudice. That’s probability.”
Now that Anders Breivik’s manifesto has become public, the fact that it contains numerous in-text and footnoted citations to prominent Islamophobic bloggers is not surprising. Individuals cited in Breivik’s manifesto include: Center for Security Policy‘s President Frank Gaffney; “counterjihad” bloggers Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer; Investigative Project on Terrorism’s Director Steven Emerson; Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes; and controversial historian Bat Ye’or.
Organization’s cited by Breivik include: the Foundation For Defense Of Democracies (FDD) and the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Also receiving mention were the Clarion Fund’s Islamophobic documentary “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” and right-wing Pajamas Media.