Of all the things that might surprise you, you can forget this one:
An Indiana man convicted of setting fire to a mosque in Ohio told a judge on Wednesday that he committed the crimes because Fox News and conservative talk radio had convinced him that “most Muslims are terrorists.”
Years of Fox News operating like this, assaulting the public with racial and political bile. All in the service of a single goal: Get people to think like Roger Ailes.
Linn explained to the court that he had gotten “riled up” after watching Fox News…
“Muslims are killing Americans and trying to blow stuff up,” Linn also reportedly told the judge. “Most Muslims are terrorists and don’t believe in Jesus Christ.”
Champagne, folks? This fellow might have been a lone whacko. He might have stayed that way, too. But Fox had to crawl in his ear, and so there were consequences.
“And I was more sad when Judge [Jack] Zouhary asked him that, ‘Do you know any Muslims or do you know what Islam is?’” one mosque member who attended the hearing recalled to WNWO. “And he said, ‘No, I only know what I hear on Fox News and what I hear on radio.’”
Thanks for the fire, Roger.