This morning I had this email exchange with Anna Williams of USA Today:
1. Williams to Spencer:
Subject: USA TODAY video debate (urgent)
Message: I’m an intern on USA TODAY’s editorial page. We’d like to get in touch with Robert Spencer regarding the possibility of a video debate today over the controversy surrounding the TV show “All-American Muslim.” Robert, if you receive this, please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx. Thanks.
2. Spencer to Williams:
I am going on Fox at 1PM Eastern but am otherwise free. [I was taping a segment for “Follow the Money” with Eric Bolling; it will air tonight.]
3. Williams to Spencer:
Great! We’re working on lining up the other side — probably someone from [Hamas-linked] CAIR like Ibrahim Hooper to defend the show. Could you please pass on your phone number so we can get in touch with you when we have further details?
4. Spencer to Williams:
I’d be glad to appear with Hooper, but he will not appear with me; he fears how I would expose him. In any case, I’m at xxx-xxx-xxxx.
5. Williams to Spencer:
Ah yes, just found that out on the phone with him. We’ve run into this several times (debaters backing out, possible debaters refusing to face certain opponents, editors unwilling to feature certain figures) and will probably have to scrap the debate idea… if something works out, we’ll call.
I knew that Honest Ibe would not appear with me because he has backed out before. The only time we appeared on a show together was in a memorable segment with Keith Olbermann way back around 2003. Since then Hooper has ducked me again and again.
And why is that? If I were really the ridiculous hatemonger that the merry stomach-stapled beekeeper Hooper and his henchmen portray me to be, then it should be easy to destroy me in a debate and discredit me forever. But Hooper, in his black little heart of hearts, knows that isn’t true. He knows that what I say about Islam and jihad is true, and that he can’t refute it. And he knows that I will expose Hamas-linked CAIR as the unindicted co-conspirators and friends of jihad that they are. And so in a desperate attempt to stave off the truth, he refuses to debate me.
Also, it’s part of the ongoing strategy of Hamas-linked CAIR to pretend that anti-jihadists are outside the bounds of acceptable discourse, so as to marginalize us all and silence all voices standing up against the global jihad and Islamic supremacism. Hamas-linked CAIR hopes that if they keep repeating the Goebbels-worthy Big Lie that fighting for freedom and equality of rights amounts to “bigotry” and “hatred,” a sufficient number of people will buy it to render the U.S. mute and defenseless before the advancing jihad.
Isn’t that right, Ibe? (He has Jihad Watch bookmarked, so give him a hearty greeting.)