Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fox News Airs One of The Worst Interviews of All Time (Video)

Fox News is not known for their objective opinions and journalistic integrity but they really outdid themselves this time. In a recent interview with religion scholar Reza Aslan, who was trying to promote his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of NazarethFox News correspondent Lauren Green attacked him with baffling and irrelevant questions about his faith saying, "you're a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founding father of Christianity?". Aslan, probably used to people questioning his faith (he's a Christian turned Muslim), patiently listed his qualifications. He's a PhD, "a scholar of religions with four degrees" and "has been studying the origins of christianity for two decades who also just happens to be Muslim", but that answer wasn't good enough for Fox News' go-to religious "expert" Lauren Green who continued to reiterate the question several more times during the interview.

He slowly tries to break it down for her a second time emphasizing he's "a professor of religion" and that's what he "does for a living actually" as if trying to teach a child how to color. After the embarrassing first questions, Green then proceeds to read off misinformed quotes bashing his book and trying to belittle Aslan as a muslim pushing his agenda rather than a historian. I have a lot of respect for Aslan for being so patient during the assault of prejudice he put up with for being muslim during his interview, I don't know if I could have done the same but he kept his composure. 

The TV train wreck proceeded for 10 minutes with Aslan becoming frustrated with the persistent assertions. Green asked one question about the book, and that is his position about Jesus which she would have known if she read it, but after that she quotes yet another blinded attack on his faith. The quote read "your book is written with clear bias and you're trying to say it's academic? That's like having a democrat writing a book about why Reagan wasn't a good republican, it just doesn't work". *facepalm* I doubt that Green knows that someone can be heterosexual and write about homosexuality, American and write about middle-eastern culture, and intelligent and write about Fox news (pow!). Clearly Green and the writers at Fox hadn't read the book but I've heard better questions from middle school newspapers. 

I doubt working for Fox requires any type of education but questioning someone's expertise based on their religion is quite insulting, and Fox is the first network to get offended over the slightest critique of their extreme christian conservative beliefs. That being said, two days after the interview, his book shot up to number 1 on Amazon from it's previous spot at number 8 and is being praised for it's portrayal of the man Jesus of Nazareth and what he stood for. Watch the shameful video below if you dare.

If you want to watch a more insightful interview with Reza Aslan go to this one from The Daily Show and if you want to cringe at more Fox interviews check out this list I found (Bill O'Reilly accounts for half of them). 

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