David Brock vs. Pat Robertson re Venezuela
Pat Robertson appears on the Christian tv show, “The 700 Club.” David Brock is president of Media Matters for America, a media watchdog group.
From a Media Matters press release:
Media Matters for America President and CEO David Brock today called on Pat Robertson to retract and repudiate his vitriolic comments against the President of Venezuela.
Media Matters for America first drew attention to Pat Robertson, host of Christian Broadcasting Network’s The 700 Club and founder of the Christian Coalition of America, calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
“Pat Robertson’s call for the assassination of a foreign leader is an irresponsible use of the public airwaves, as well as a call for the Bush administration to violate the executive order banning assassination,” said Brock. “Responsible news outlets should think twice before providing him a platform from which to peddle his inappropriate and inaccurate claims.”
From the Aug. 22 broadcast of The 700 Club:
ROBERTSON: There was a popular coup that overthrew him (Chavez). And what did the United States State Department do about it? Virtually nothing. And as a result, within about 48 hours that coup was broken; Chavez was back in power, but we had a chance to move in. He has destroyed the Venezuelan economy, and he’s going to make that a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism all over the continent.
With regard to Pat Roberston accusing Chavez of encouraging “Muslim extremism,” I don’t even know where he got that from.
Robertson continued (as quoted in the Media Matters press release):
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. It’s a whole lot cheaper than starting a war. And I don’t think any oil shipments will stop. But this man is a terrific danger…
How about not killing one person, not killing many people either? As in, “Thou shalt not kill.”