Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Franken's anti-Semitic guests?

Last Month,while a guest on "Scarborough Country", Franken blasted Hannity and Scarborough for promtoting a guest, Dr. Hammesfahr, a neurologist of 23 years, who examined Terri Schiavo, as a "Nobel prize nominee", when in fact his nomination did not follow the proper protocol or process. Franken berated Scarborough for not properly researching Hammesfahers background, and furthermore telling his audience that he was a noble prize nominee.

But Franken the hypocrite got busted yesterday. Well sort of, by me. He had a guest Rashid Khalidi, who is the director of the Columbia University Middle East Institute.
According to "Campus Watch" this Khalidi fellow and his institute, have just sent out invitations for an event to honor Amiri Baraka.

Who is Amiri Baraka? He is the former disgraced NJ Poet Laureate who wote the poem, Somebody Blew up America, which accused Israel of having advance knowledge of the 9-11 attacks.

Did Franken do his "background research" on his guest? Or does Franken embrace the ideals of his his guest, Rashid Khalidi.


At 1:12 PM, Blogger Rob said...

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At 1:22 PM, Blogger Rob said...

Maybe he does, maybe he doesn't. But the two things are entirely dissimilar. In one case, Franken had a guest on the show who wrote a controversial poem. So what. In the other, Scarborough gave extra weight to his guest's spurious opinions by claiming he had a credential that he did not have. If Franken had fussed about Hammesfaher' controversial diagnoses prior to Schiavo, then the two cases could be compared. But as it is they cannot. At least Franken tries to get his facts straight. All Scarborough does is distort reality. He's a liar, pure and simple.

At 6:52 AM, Blogger A. Skorski said...

Not the point Rob. Franken attacked Scarborough for not "researching his guests background". That was Franken's criticism. I saw the interview. You are correct that these are not the exact same thing. But the similarities are there. Scarborough did not research his guest, nor did Franken.

If Franken is going to maintain his "impossibly high standards" as he claims in his book, there is not a lot of wiggle room for excuses.


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