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President Meets with Muslim-Bashing Radio Hosts


Media Matters

In an August 1 blog entry on, syndicated radio host Hugh Hewitt wrote that “President Bush invited ten talk show hosts into the Oval Office for an hour of conversation today — Glenn Beck, Bill Bennett, Neal Boortz, Scott Hennon, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larson, Mark Levin, Michael Medved, Janet Parshall and me. This was an off-the-record conversation, and so I won’t be quoting the president.” Blogger (and Media Matters for America Web producer) Oliver Willis noted Hewitt’s post, and Talkers Magazine’s website published a photo of the group. . .

Glenn Beck

During an November 2006 interview with then-Rep.-elect Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim ever elected to Congress, Beck said: “I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies,’ ” a comment he later stated was “poorly worded” and “wish[ed]” he “could take back and rephrase.”

Beck warned that if “Muslims and Arabs” don’t “act now” by “step[ping] to the plate” to condemn terrorism, they “will be looking through a razor wire fence at the West.”

He has said that “[t]he Middle East is being overrun by 10th-century barbarians” and “[i]f they take over … we’re going to have to nuke the whole place.” . . .

Neal Boortz

On the October 16, 2006, edition of his radio show, Boortz declared: “Islam is a virus. It is a deadly virus that is spreading throughout Europe and the Western world,” adding that “we’re going to wait far too long to develop a vaccine to find a way to fight this.”


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