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Fox News Host's 'Explosive' Suggestions For Muslim Community Aren't Going Over Well At All

Actor Mandy Patinkin set off a bit of a firestorm with some recent comments he made on MSNBC's “MTP Daily” with host Chuck Todd. Patinkin, who plays Saul Berenson on Showtime's “Homeland,” was asked about the role that his show has played in casting the Muslim community in a negative light. As the Independent Journal Review shares, Patinkin’s comments raised some eyebrows, but a reply from a Fox News host led those eyebrows to nearly pop off of people’s heads.

“In movies, it was cowboys and Indians, and the Nazis and communists. Now they've chosen the Muslim community - a community that's made contributions to the world of a monumental nature,” Patinkin said.

Fair point from Patinkin. The entertainment community tends to hit the same notes over and over again in films and television programs, so there may have been a bit of overkill with casting Muslims as the bad guys.

“A different storyline where we’re helping these people and a storyline that shows in this case, in this year, in this season, that maybe it’s the ... it is the ... white men in government and the military establishment that are the bad guys, not the Muslim community,” he continued.

Fair point followed by a questionable one. Perhaps what Patinkin meant to say was that there were bad people in all walks of life, but his careless use of words made it appear as if there are no bad guys in the Muslim community and that they are being unnecessarily targeted for unknown reasons. “Fox & Friends” co-anchor Jon Scott got wind of it when his show shared a clip of Patinkin’s comments, and he didn’t exactly dance around the subject.

"They're gonna run the Boston Marathon tomorrow, right? Do we remember who the bombers of the Boston Marathon were? Just an aside to the Muslim community - if you don't want to be portrayed in a negative light, maybe don't burn people alive and set off bombs and things like that," Scott said.

Source: IJR
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