August 25, 2005

Robertson's Fatwa

U.S. religious leader Pat Robertson says ‘time has come’ for Venezuela’s Chavez to be killed. The White House races to distance itself from preacher’s incendiary remarks

“It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war,” he said. “We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability.”

Later, the nutfudge “apologizes:”

“I didn’t say `assassination.’ I said our Special Forces should `take him out,”’ Robertson said on his show. “`Take him out’ could be a number of things including kidnapping.”

Oh, right. In fact, I thought he meant to take the guy out to dinner and a movie. Except for the fact that the apology is a lie:

“You know, I don’t know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it.

But by “do it” he of course meant… wow, that’s a tricky one. The White House, for its part, just winked and nodded.

“I would think that people around the world would take the comments for what they are,” Mr. McCormack said. “They’re the expression of one citizen.”

Strong words, indeed!

Posted by James at August 25, 2005 12:11 PM
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Like I said, I've thought for years that Pat Robertson should be "taken out." Yes, taken out back and, well, done away with.

Good quality verbal diarrhoea, the kind I've come to expect from the "reverend."


Posted by: Patti M. at August 25, 2005 1:09 PM

There is room for all shades of nutjob here in this wonderful country of ours, so I'm happy to let him wander about freely.

Whether people put any stock in what he says and why he has a TV show that is actually aired on TV, those are baffling things that worry me.

But it's nice to get these little glimpses of clarity into Bush's constituency now and again.

Posted by: James at August 25, 2005 1:25 PM

I know why Pat's show gets aired on TV. He owns the Christian Broadcast Network.

Posted by: Julie at August 25, 2005 1:41 PM

True, but he doesn't own ABC Family, and they air it:

Posted by: James at August 25, 2005 1:51 PM

Who was Jesus' hired gun merc muscle, anyway? I mean, to "take out" the lambs who wandered from the flock ... and junk.

Posted by: ThirdMate at August 25, 2005 1:52 PM

ABC claims to be "contractually obligated" to air 700 Club. (I don't know what sort of contract.) I actually thought it was a paid infomercial.

Posted by: at August 25, 2005 1:56 PM

Sorry, that was me.

Posted by: Julie at August 25, 2005 1:57 PM

Classic phrasing, Third Mate! Love it!

Posted by: Patti M. at August 25, 2005 2:13 PM

According to a July 30, 2001 article in Cable World, Reverend Robertson could get away with doing/saying just about anything on his program.

"When Robertson sold his Family Channel to Fox in the late '90s, he is believed to have won a stipulation that his talk show would continue on the network for as long as he wished.

"According to one former Fox Family executive, Disney will therefore face the same programming conundrum that stumped executives at Fox, which shared ownership of the channel with cartoon mogul Haim Saban. Fox executives complained bitterly that Robertson's show kept them from creating a coherent strategy for the network.

"'Fox Family was doomed from the start because it's very hard to be [programmed for] kids all day and have The 700 Club in the middle of your daytime lineup, and then in prime time at 11 p.m.,' a former executive said. Robertson's show would break up whatever programming momentum the network managed to build..."

This comprehensive article in Christianity Today contains even more details (and many links) about Reverend Robertson's most advantageous television contract.

Thank you for the trackback, BTW.

Posted by: Margaret Romao Toigo at August 25, 2005 3:32 PM

Wow - that's too bad for ABC/Disney. Thanks for the details.

You know, if I owned that channel, I'd come up with a coherent strategy for the network. I'd lead and follow the show with a parody of it and move all the child-themed content to another channel.

These are not insoluble problems.

Posted by: James at August 25, 2005 3:39 PM

It'd be hilarious if 700 Club could be flanked by South Park or Queer Eye for the Straight Guy episodes. Something that's either so vulgar or so gay that you can just laugh at Pat in between.

Seriously, put Pat in a Queer Eye sandwich and I think that would be the end of that. (Yeah, I know that wouldn't work for ABC Family, but it's funny to contemplate.)

Posted by: Julie at August 25, 2005 4:19 PM

Or make ABC Family be a diversity channel. Have a kids show geared toward the Quran on before it and something about Judaism after it.

Posted by: briwei at August 25, 2005 4:52 PM

"put Pat in a Queer Eye sandwich" says so much, doesn't it?

Posted by: Patti M. at August 26, 2005 8:39 AM

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