Bill Bennett, moron (video)

A few months back when the flap over Bill Bennett's ambiguous remarks about aborting black babies and crime rates emerged, some progressives even gave him the benefit of the doubt.

In fact, AlterNet ran an article defending Bennett against claims that he's a racist (though it did contend, quite forcefully I believe, that he is stupid).

Here's new CNN hire Bennett's latest, from John Aravosis [VIDEO]

BENNETT:


Let's go beyond cartoons. The other story out of Iran is the story of two young girls who were raped. The girl defended herself and stabbed her attacker. She is now sentenced to be hanged under Islamic law. This isn't a caricature, this isn't a cartoon, this is a peak into the soul of that faith, when it's run through a government. It's a real story and it deserves to be criticized.
ZOGBY:
It's not a peak into Islam, it's a peek into the outrages that take place in contemporary Iran, which is not synonymous with Islam...
Then Bennett does his best Gump:

BENNETT:
Here's the standard. Catholicism is as Catholicism does, Judaism is as Judaism does, and by God Islam is as Islam does and what it's doing right now I wouldn't wanted to associated with.
By that rationale America is Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, Extraordinary Rendition, My Lai... That's not my America. And this from the guy whose crusade against vice came to a crashing halt when he came out as a gambling addict? Come on CNN, this is your new hire?

My favorite quote from the program may be the canned Wolf Blitzer coda: "...A good discussion..." Oh? The dismissal of one billion peoples' belief system is a good discussion?

So now we can, if nothing else, close the book on any questions as to whether Bill Bennett is indeed an idiot. And we can open the book on his bigotry as well as on Wolf Blitzer's curious notions on "conversation"... (Americablog, C&L)

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