Geert Wilders, the Dutch politician and outspoken critic of Islam, sparked outrage across Europe last week when he showed his anti-Islamic film in the UK's House of Lords. Though the backlash against Wilders from America media has also been harsh, some of it has come from the unlikeliest of sources: Fox News. The conservative network ran a special report from Bret Bauer on Wilders, and Glenn Beck indirectly lumped him in with French politician Jean Marie Le Pen as members of a rising fascist movement in Europe (starting at the 13:00 mark).
Beck's comments were relatively benign--at least for him. But that didn't appease hardline conservatives, who slammed Beck and Fox in general for denigrating Wilders. The backlash has taken on several forms, but the one consistent theme on the right is anger.
- What's Up, Glenn? "What is he doing?" asks a befuddled Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs. "Was Beck saying that the UK was right to ban Wilders in the interest of 'community harmony?' And the fact that he was allowed to enter the UK last week was a dire sign?" After extolling Wilders' virutes, Geller warns Beck to think twice in the future. "Is this going to be be Beck's narrative? If so, he is wrong. And he ought to be silent until he learns everything."
- Next Time, Know Your Stuff At Power Line, Paul concludes Beck was simply uninformed. "It was apparent to me that Beck was out of his depth with Wilders. [...] I've said before that the European 'right' is a complex phenomenon that does contain fascist elements. It takes a little bit of work to identify those elements."
- Denigrating a 'Hero' "Shame on you, Glenn," chastises The RightScoop's Cubachi, who proceeds to heap praise on Wilders.
Geert Wilders. A hero, a man who is risking life and limb to rescue the Netherlands and Europe from radical Islamization and communism taking grip of his country and continent. Everyday he has to wear a safety vest and hide his family and give them 24-hour security because he is willing to say the unpopular thing to protect and defend his nation.
- No More Beck for Me Vowing never to trust Beck again, iOwnTheWorld's BigFurHat embarks on a screed-worthy tirade to set the Fox News host straight. "Glenn – there is NO MODERATE ISLAM. This is what you get when you go out on a limb with a guy that is largely fueled by emotion rather than brains. I’m not saying Beck isn’t smart, but he is a bit Howard Bealish for me, and this is what you will have to endure with him."