April 20, 2017

Fox News anchor Jon Scott has come under fire for a comment he tossed off about the Muslim community. I’d like to offer some context to his remark and also some insight into what he might have intended.

The context was a discussion of the recently concluded season of HOMELAND, a show that in past years has, to an amazing degree, echoed the headlines and examined the complexities of America’s dealings with Islamic terrorism. Fans of the show have been deeply perplexed by a turn the show took this season --- accused terrorists were now victims, and the real victimizer dwelled at the highest levels of the CIA.

Protagonists Carrie and Saul believed fervently in the Iranian nuclear deal (!), considering it to be an achievement with real potential for peace. Evil CIA operator Dar Adal worked behind the scenes to bring the deal down by making it look as if Iran were cheating, with North Korea, no less. The President-elect (a woman, almost surely cast when it was assumed Hillary would win) leaned towards the view of Carrie and Saul and called for “a new strategy.”

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In some ways, the tortured plot did still echo current news. I’ll paraphrase one particularly memorable quote from Dar Adal: “Madame President-elect, you don’t want to be in a war with the intelligence community –- you will lose.” It reminded me of what President Trump sometimes appears to be facing from his own FBI. But the show reversed the polarities so that the President was the one trying to temper America’s response to terrorists. By the end of the season, it was truly through the looking glass.

Jon Scott’s quip came after a video segment with Mandy Patinkin (Saul), who said that “...maybe it’s the white men in the government and the military establishment who are the bad guys, not the Muslim community.” Coming to the defense of American “white men,” Scott quipped, “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.”

Jon Scott knows, and we all know he knows, that most Muslims don’t burn people alive and set off bombs. Obviously, he was so disgusted by the view expressed by Patinkin and the politically correct turn taken by a once-great show that his comment came out a bit bluntly. Can you blame the man? I sure can’t.

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  • Mike Grayson

    04/21/2017 09:33 AM

    If one attempts to understand the propaganda coming out of Hollywood from a rational point of view, it makes no sense. It contradicts itself. How can one support an ideology that is clearly at odds with gay ideology?

    However, if it viewed in the context of spiritual warfare, it makes perfect sense. The enemy of the left is the Judeo/Christian beliefs and values. The enemy of Islam is Judeo/Christian values.

    Jon Scott stumbled into the midst of the spiritual warfare battlefield.

  • Chris VanKirk

    04/21/2017 12:21 AM

    Is this the beginning of new propaganda on Jon? They have to start by finding fault on the good people at Fox so they can advance their liberal agenda to get rid of them.

  • Mike G

    04/20/2017 08:40 PM

    I have been watching designated Survivor also. Last episode I watched was about gun control. All the characters spewed the exact same message from the radical democrats playbook including obamas use of terms "common sense legislation." Guess I will be dropping it from future viewing.

  • Cad G

    04/20/2017 07:43 PM

    I am beyond fed up with the 'holier than tho' attitude of the left-wing liberal dems and the majority of the media that gives them a mouth. We stood up to this fascist propagandist crap and elected President Trump, we need to continue to stand up to it and shut them down. When they can actually debate issues and present evidence without name calling and hostility, I'll listen, but until then my fingers are in my ears as they have their hissy fits and throw tantrums.

  • Ruth Forester

    04/20/2017 06:58 PM

    I agree with Jon! I did not watch this series, but did start a season of Designated Survivor, in which they subtly made the muslim terrorists the victims and our own government the "bad Guys!" I had to quit watching the propaganda...the brainwashing of our public! Disgusting to see this taking place in our country, in the guise of entertainment! Now, Fox News is caving to the left, in going after our conservative, "older white guys!" Those who refuse to become Politically Correct! I am through with the Fox News, except for maybe, Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs and Eric Bolling! What are we to do for a conservative news source, with Fox going farther and farther to the left? Thank you, Gov. Huckabee, for your speaking out as you do!

  • Liz Brulc

    04/20/2017 06:31 PM

    My husband and I watched the first 2 episodes of this season and were disturbed that the writers had decided to become terrorist sympathizers. We couldn't support a show that was clearly going downhill by their liberal support. I had respect for Mandy Patinkin in the past, but that too, is gone. I guess my question is, what happened to common sense?

  • Jerry Sunthimer

    04/20/2017 06:19 PM

    What bothers me is the few number of Muslims that come out against the terrorists, and also the statistics Showing how many support it.