On his radio show, Glenn Beck said that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart "took me on, on the mosque," with his band of followers declaring Stewart's effort "boring, lazy, [and] tired." Not one to take boring, lazy, and tired lying down, the crew proceeded to regurgitate the same falsehoods, innuendo and hypocrisy they used last week to smear Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, head of the effort to build a community center in New York.
After playing Stewart's recent skewering of Beck's hypocrisy for attacking Rauf over comments strikingly similar to comments Beck himself made in April, Beck asked, "Does Jon Stewart not understand the difference between that last statement and the statement from the imam that happened two days after 9-11?" Beck gave no indication what actually distinguished Rauf's comments from Beck's, aside from their temporal proximity to September 11, 2001.
And it truly is difficult to find any difference beyond the semantic.
- Beck: "When people said they hate us, well, did we deserve 9-11? No. But were we minding our business? No. Were we in bed with dictators and abandoned our values and principles? Yes. That causes problems."
- Rauf: "I wouldn't say the United States deserved what happened on 9-11, but the United States' policies were an accessory to the crime that happened.".......................