Geller Spars With CNN Host Over Attack: ‘You’re Being Very Condescending!’ (VIDEO)

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Anti-Islam activist and self-styled free speech advocate Pam Geller tangled with CNN host Alisyn Camerota on Monday morning,

The on-air dustup occured after two gunmen were killed on Sunday after opening fire on a security officer at an event Geller organized in Garland, Texas. Her organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, was hosting a contest to draw cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a taboo that has led to violence in the past.

Camerota quoted the keynote speaker for the event, Dutch politician Geert Wilders, about why “Judeo-Christian culture is far superior to the Islamic one,” describing the Muslim faith as “wrong,” “evil,” “foolish,” and “ridiculous.”

Camerota told Geller that quotes like that supported her critics, who have long said that Geller and her allies attack Muslims and Islam in general rather than violent extremists.

“But what did he say that wasn’t true?” Geller asked.

“I’ll tell you what he said that wasn’t true,” Camerota interrupted. “He said that Islam does not allow humor. Now, I mean, do you, Pam, do you know anyone who is Muslim?”

“Of course!” Geller said.

“And do you think they’re humorless?” Camerota said.

“Listen, you’re being very condescending,” Geller said.

Geller went on to talk about “the Ayatollah Khomeini,” but Camerota moved on and read Geller a quote from one of several Muslim leaders that publicly supported her right to hold the conference, even though the leader found it bigoted and ignorant.

“This is a Muslim leader who is attacking me and insulting me, and ad hominem attacks — isn’t that generous of her?” Geller said.

“It just seems that you don’t draw the distinction between extremism and violence and Islam as a whole,” Camerota said.

“And you don’t draw the distinction between civilized men and savages,” Geller said.

Camerota told Geller that she thought critics had a point in attacking her work and Sunday’s conference as anti-Islam.

“No, you paint with a broad brush,” Geller said. “I am anti-jihad. I am anti-sharia. You, by saying I paint with a broad brush, are saying all Muslims support jihad.”

“Alisyn,” Geller added, “you sound very Islamaphobic.”

Watch the clip, courtesy of CNN:

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  1. Avatar for nylib nylib says:

    Slime like Pamela Geller only exist because of provocative shock statements and the media’s willingness to give her airtime. No doubt she will fund-raise over this. Can;t anyone treat her like the clown she is?

  2. Josh nailed it.

    In 1966, Playboy sent Alex Haley to interview George Lincoln Rockwell, who Josh mentioned in his post. They didn’t tell Rockwell in advance that Haley was black. The interview was perfectly civil, except for the pistol Rockwell kept close to hand, but, well . . . this captures the tone:

    ROCKWELL: Good. Just so we both know where we stand, I’d like to make some thing else crystal clear before we begin.

    I’m going to be honest and direct with you. You’re here in your professional capacity; I’m here in my professional capacity. While here, you’ll be treated well – but I see you’re a black interviewer. It’s nothing personal, but I want you to understand that I don’t mix with your kind, and we call your race “niggers.”

    PLAYBOY: I’ve been called “nigger” many times, Commander, but this is the first time I’m being paid for it. So you go right ahead. What have you got against us “niggers”?

    ROCKWELL: I’ve got nothing against you. I just think you people would be happier back in Africa where you came from. When the pilgrims got pushed around in Europe, they didn’t have any sit-ins or crawl-ins; they got out and went to a wilderness and built a great civilization.

    It says a lot that Geller does not compare favorably to an awful shitstain like Rockwell in either honesty about what she’s about or even civility.

  3. Steve, civility and forthrightness are liberal conceits. Conservatives have advanced from position based alliances to identity-based ones. Logical consistency is too big an obstacle to stand in the way of their eternal culture wars :shit:

  4. I love how clown conservatives think the “you’re the real racist” defense is the apex of intellectual sparing. I mean, they think this is absolutely brilliant, even though it makes no sense at all.

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