Fox News host Bill O‚ÄôReilly chose on Tuesday night to slam President Obama for failing to condemn Islam in the immediate aftermath of the Boston bombings and claimed that American Muslims aren‚Äôt doing enough to stand up against jihad.
During his ‚ÄúTalking Point Commentary‚ÄĚ segment, O‚ÄôReilly called the President ‚Äúseriously wrong‚ÄĚ for urging the country on Friday to not to jump to conclusions about the bombing suspects‚Äô motivations.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs all about motivation and it‚Äôs all about a specific group of people,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôReilly declared, referring to Muslims. He then went on to say that suspected Dzhokar Tsarnaev and his deceased brother Tamerlan were definitively jihadists, stating that ‚Äúonly radical Islam allows terror murder.‚ÄĚ
What O‚ÄôReilly failed to mention is that Obama‚Äôs Friday statement was made before anything was known about the brothers or what led them to place explosives at the Boston Marathon. The FBI didn‚Äôt release the two suspects‚Äô pictures until Thursday afternoon, kicking off a massive manhunt. While on Friday morning the media learned that the two were ethnic Chechens, that information alone provided no further knowledge of the motivation behind the attack. Only after questioning alleged bomber Dzohkar Tsarnaev in custody did authorities learn that thewars in Iraq and Afghanistan provided at least part of the impetus for the bombing.
While attacking Obama for not speaking out against radical Islam, O‚ÄôReilly begrudgingly acknowledged that there are Muslim countries that are our allies, particularly those that utilize ‚Äúsecret police‚ÄĚ to combat terrorism. He was disappointed, however, that more Muslims ‚ÄĒ including Muslim-Americans ‚ÄĒ aren‚Äôt doing their part to help combat radicalism. ‚ÄúMost Muslims on this Earth are good people, but they are not helping to neutralize the jihad,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúThey are not standing up against it in any numbers. And that includes American Muslims. They largely remain silent.‚ÄĚ
Watch O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs statements here:
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, who appeared on the program, shared O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs views that Obama isn‚Äôt doing enough to speak out about the threat that Muslims pose. Despite their worries, it was Muslim-Americans who found themselves the targets during the media‚Äôsexcessively flawed coverage of the attacks. At least one Muslim woman was attacked based on the media‚Äôs shoddy reporting.
Counter to O‚ÄôReilly‚Äôs claims, there are many instances of Muslim communities standing up against radicalism in their ranks. Just this week, a Toronto imam was lauded for reporting suspicious behavior to the Canadian authorities, leading to a possible major terrorist plot being foiled. Leaders of the Muslim-American community also reiterated their opposition to terrorism at a press conference held on Friday.