Amanpour Promises 'All Sides,' Yet She Skews Debate as She Charges 'Islamophobia' Spurs Anti-Muslim Violence
Published: 10/3/2010 3:40 PM ET
While twelve guests in total from both sides of the question earned air time (six on stage, three more in the Manhattan studio audience and three via satellite), Amanpour was more hostile to those who answered in the affirmative than she was toward those in the negative, cuing up advocates to correct critics, culminating in Amanpour trying to discredit critics by proposing "you think Daisy Khan is al Qaeda?"
She accused Gary Bauer of "blurring the lines between those who killed and the rest of the religion. Why are you deliberately blurring the lines?" And she charged: "So, Gary Bauer, as you know, a series of politicians have used the Islamic center, have used sort of Islamophobia and scare tactics in their campaigns." Raising the vandalism at the site of a proposed mosque in Tennessee, Amanpour asserted: "After some of the loaded things that have been said, and we can play you any number of tapes, Mr. Bauer. Do you take any responsibility at all for, for instance, what happened in Murfreesboro?" Bauer was incredulous: "Are you serious?"
The last word of the hour went to GZM's Daisy Khan. Amanpour wondered: "When you listen to all of this, do you think that you should move the center?" Khan insisted she's fighting for apple pie: "No. I think that American values have to prevail. I'm now fighting for American values." Amanpour: "On that note, I thank you both, all of you very much indeed for being here."