Brian Kilmeade is the third wheel on the tricycle of asininity that trundles out every weekday morning on “Fox and Friends.” Between the insipid ignorance of Steve Doocy and the willful stupidity of Gretchen Carlson, it takes a very special kind of perseverant idiocy to really stand out among the three conservative anchors, but Kilmeade manages to do so every now and again.
Friday morning saw Brian Kilmeade, who is often ridiculed and openly mocked by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on their faux news programs on Comedy Central Network, not only stand out from his co-anchors, it showed that he really does talk without thinking.
The triumvirate of obtuseness was discussing Bill O’Reilly’s recent visit to ABC’s “The View,” which ended in Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walking off the set of their own show after O’Reilly made the statement: “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”
In fairness to O’Reilly, it must be noted that he had been speaking to the topic of the inappropriateness of constructing a mosque at Ground Zero in New York City. But the ladies of “The View” became offended and walked out, but not before pointing out that those who attacked New York and Washington were “Muslim extremists,” and it was unfair to say that “Muslims attacked us.”
Kilmeade made the statement Friday, the day after O’Reilly had his falling out with Goldberg and Behar, about the conversation that touched off a blogosphere firestorm:
“That debate is almost like our debate on training wheels. That was our debate seven weeks ago, and they can’t handle the give-and-take of a debate. They were outraged that somebody was saying…there was a certain group of people that attacked us on 9/11. It wasn’t just one person, it was one religion. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.”
Not that anyone is counting, but the Irish Republican Army (IRA), usually consisting of Catholic members, were and are considered terrorists. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, who professed an agnostic view of a higher power, was considered a terrorist. The Shining Path of Peru and FARC of Colombia are regarded as terrorist organizations, even though they are avowed Maoist communists. Among known groups operating within the United States, the FBI considers the Jewish Defense League (Jewish), the Ku Klux Klan (Christian), Aryan Nations (white supremacist Christians), the Army of God (anti-abortion extremist Christians that counted Atlanta Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph among their number), and the Earth Liberation Front (multi-faith and atheistic eco-terrorist extremists), among others, to be terrorist organizations.
Media Matters, the Daily Kos, 2 Political Junkies, the aforementioned Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, and various blogs and columns of every political stripe are forever pointing out Brian Kilmeade’s glaring ignorance and his happy willingness to share it with the world.