RUSH: CBS News Washington has just posted a story. I’m trying to figure out why they would do this, and you might be curious, too, when you hear it.
Headline: “White House Questioned French Magazine’s ‘Judgment’ in 2012 for Publishing Naked Muhammad Cartoon — The White House criticized French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2012 for publishing cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. Then White House Press Secretary Jay Carney questioned the magazineÂ’s judgment after publish…” You see? I get an e-mail today from some clown who wants to know why I’m being inconsistent in holding the people who did this to blame.
He wants to know why am I not blaming the magazine for offending Islam. Obviously, a low-information voter who decided to get my goat here by sending me a seminar e-mail. How many young people do you think today actually think the magazine is to blame, because they offended? Well, now, before you react… (interruption) Oh, you…? Okay. You think it’s widespread? Because I’ll tell you what.
If one person in a school says something offends them, what does the school do? They shut it down. If one person’s offended. So The Offended (capital T, capital O) are also a very powerful group. And I wouldn’t be surprised to find a lot of low-information people in this country think the magazine is to blame, ’cause they offended this bunch. It’s a satire magazine! It’s… (interruption) Well, that’s right. That’s right. Chris Rock.
Chris Rock, noted comedian, says he will not play college campi anymore ’cause they don’t laugh at satire. They’re all offended by it. They don’t laugh at comedy anymore. They’re wringing their hands in fear or whatever, but they’re offended by it. It would surprise you. Anyway, Jay Carney, who was then the press secretary back 2012, “questioned the magazine’s judgment after publishing images of Muhammad naked.
“‘We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad, and obviously we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this,’ Carney told reporters in September 2012.
Carney stated that the images would be ‘deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory.'” Why would they put this out now?
You put this story out now, and this is almost CBS publishing a story saying, “The White House warned ’em! The White House warned ’em! Obama knew. They should have listened; therefore it’s these people’s fault.” Is that an unreasonable take on this? We know that CBS wants to make Obama look good. And in their convoluted world, making Obama look good is blaming the magazine here?
“They were warned! Obama told ’em, you don’t publish pictures of their prophet naked, not even in a sattire magazine. You can do it about any other religious leader. But you better not.”
RUSH: Now, this CBS story. I want to go just a quick second. “White House Questioned French Magazine’s ‘Judgment’ in 2012 for Publishing Naked Muhammad Cartoon.” CBS puts this out today.
This is my point. They think that they can make Obama look good. “Hey, he warned ’em!” CBS, they’re not interesting in humiliating Obama. They’re interested in building him up. So they think they’re doing him a favor here. “Hey, Obama knew! Jay Carney knew! They warned these people at Charles Hebdo. They warned them this would happen.” So they want to be seen as having great foresight and predictive ability.
“Then White House Press Secretary Jay Carney questioned the magazine’s judgment after publishing images of Muhammad naked. We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad, and obviously we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this,’ Carney told reporters in September 2012,” right after the Benghazi attacks, when the White House was in full cave-in mode.
It’s important to remind you or to inform you exactly when the White House proudly warned Charles Hebdo, “Hey, you guys better not publish that, ’cause bad things could happen to you.”
It was right after Benghazi when we were caving big time.
RUSH: Going back deep, folks, to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites audio sound bite archives. We’ve got it, Jay Carney, September 19th, 2012, shortly after Benghazi. Unidentified reporter, “Hey, the French government has decided to temporarily close their embassies and their schools in several Muslim countries after a satirical weekly, Charles Hebdo, published cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammed. Is the White House concerned that those cartoons might further fan the flames in the region?”
CARNEY: We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad and obviously we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this. We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory. But weÂ’ve spoken repeatedly about the importance of upholding the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our Constitution.
In other words, we donÂ’t question the right of something like this to be published; we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it.
RUSH: Aw, that’s a cop-out.
CARNEY: And I think that thatÂ’s our view about the video that was produced in this country and has caused so much offense in the Muslim world.
RUSH: That’s wanting it both ways. “No, no, we don’t object to the publishing. We just think the timing is bad.” Well, when did he say this? He said this right after Benghazi. And, remember be we are out trying to blame an American video for what happened in Benghazi, and then along comes Charles Hebdo with their cartoon, well, this is clouding the issue here.
Now, Charles Hebdo published its nude cartoons of Mohammed. This didn’t happen yesterday. This didn’t happen last week. Charles Hebdo published its nude cartoons of the prophet Mohammed on September 19th in 2012 just a few days after the Benghazi attack. So even though that CBS article is careful to avoid mentioning it, Jay Carney’s remarks you just heard was a little more than a week after the Benghazi attack. And, by the way, Charles Hebdo, it’s been compared to Mad Magazine, if you want to know what kind of magazine it is, satire.
It’s actually Charlie Hebdo in English. The Charlie of Charles Hebdo is the equivalent of Charlie Brown in Peanuts. He’s one of these beloved idiots of a character. But stop and think of something. Here’s the White House, and we’ve had Obama at the UN, and when was that? This is September the 19th. Let me get the date. Somebody give me the date of Obama, sound bite three. Look it up. I can’t find sound bite three in my Stack here. Okay. So Carney says this is September 12th, and September 19th, September 12, cartoon is published, and Obama on September 25. So here’s Carney. “We are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the prophet Mohammed, and we have questions about the judgment of publishing something –”
Has anybody asked why only satire of this religion causes reactions like this? Not just in the White House. Well, I take that back. The Danes had their cartoons, and they paid the price for it. They had their attacks. There was a murder there. This magazine, by the way, just so you know, this magazine us an ultra left-wing magazine, by the way. This magazine is the most anti-religious satirical magazine. It satires every religion. It makes fun of every religion, but when they made fun of Islam, whoa. And this is my exact point. And I realize I’ve made several great ones today, so I better specify.
When I talk about my point that we are acting as though we are cowering in fear here and treating this grievance as though it’s just, and we’re enacting policy that’s designed to quiet these guys down. What do you think getting out of — well, there’s multiple reasons for getting out of Afghanistan. Let’s face it, Obama’s got many reasons for doing that, same thing in Iraq. There’s many reasons for normalizing relations with the Cuban dictatorship and there’s many reasons for closing Gitmo, but one of those many reasons is trying to send a message to these guys, “Hey, hey, we get it, we get it, we get it, we get it! We’re not Bush anymore. You can leave us alone.” And it’s doing the exact opposite.
All it’s doing is creating images. These are evil people and their mindset is one dimensional, it’s ideological, and it is they have to vanquish nonbelievers, and there’s no way that we can get ’em to leave us alone in the way Obama thinks he can get Republicans to leave ’em alone or any other political enemy he may have here domestically. Obama’s speech to UN was on September 25th. Carney’s out there speaking on September 12th. Charlie Hebdo publishes the cartoons on September 19th. So the pictures had to be a little bit before that for Carney to know that they’d been published, but it’s all about Benghazi, is the point. All of this happened after Benghazi. And one of the problems, Obama’s out trying to blame Nakoula Nakoula for all this, and here comes this French magazine gumming up the works. That’s also a factor here.