Fox News suggests Muslims should stop bombing and burning people if they want better TV portrayals

  • On Sunday, a few days after Trump dropped the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan, a panel of Fox News hosts told the Muslim community not to “set off bombs” if they want better media representation.
  • The comments came after Homeland actor Mandy Patinkin’s interview with MSNBC on Friday. Patinkin said the show was dedicated to de-escalating the fear of Muslims and refugees.
  • “In movies, it was the cowboys and Indians, the nazis and communists,” Patinkin said. “Now, they’ve chosen the Muslim community — a community who has made contributions to the world of a monumental nature.”
  • Of course, the hosts over at Fox & Friends Weekend had a problem with Patinkin’s remarks.
  • “Do we remember who the bombers of the Boston Marathon were?” cohost Jon Scott said. “I mean, just an aside to the Muslim community, if you don’t want to be portrayed in a negative light, maybe don’t burn people alive and set off bombs and things like that." 
  • Several Twitter users pointed out the hypocrisy and flawed logic in their response. Read more (4/17/17 12:35 PM)

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  • Me, a year ago: why are people so obsessed with finding spoilers? I prefer not knowing anything
  • Me, now: *stalks every actor, actress, writer and director on Twitter, analyze every pixel of the stills, rewatches the promo 80 times and frequents the spoiler tag*

“It’s gone for good. And if some politician told you otherwise, they were lying to you. And I won’t do that. Now, the reason why jobs like yours have disappeared isn’t just because of cheaper labor in some other country. Primarily, it’s technology. Technology allows one person to do what used to take ten. Now, that might be great for the economy, but it’s not for you, or your family. Now, a moment ago, Melissa asked me what it was like to become president overnight, and I told her it was the scariest moment of my life. It doesn’t even compare to what you’re going through, sir: the fear of not knowing if you can provide for your family. Not since the Industrial Revolution has our economy gone through such a dynamic transformation. We need solutions. So here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna create a public-works program that’s gonna deal with the failing infrastructure issues around the country, and anyone who has lost a manual-labor manufacturing job in the last four years because of this changing economy - their names will go to the top of the list for these new jobs. But I also want to create programs at every public college and university across the country so unemployed workers can become educated in these new and emerging technologies. And I want you to know that I believe that the American government has a responsibility, not just to maintain, but create opportunities for the American people, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Like, standing ovation much? I think Designated Survivor just earned iself a place on my ‘favourite fictional political moments’ list, just after the very beginning of Newsroom and Peter Quinn’s angry speech about the Middle East.

Maybe if real politicians spent less time watching day-time TV and talking to one other and more on well-written fiction, things could actually change for the better.


“I was trying to figure out a way that she was seeing some big thing that we couldn’t see. There is some sort of a logic or sense to it, even though it’s grandiose. Her little details seem crazy, but after she has charted out everything physically that was in her mind, then we can actually see why it makes sense to her.” –Meredith Stiehm