[Cross-posted at Crooks and Liars.]
In case you were wondering if the dog-whistles you've been hearing at Fox suggesting that President Obama is a secret Muslim who wants to destroy America might get a little louder, Obama-hating author Kate Obenshain gave an answer last night on Sean Hannity's show, with Juan Williams providing the straight-man routine.
The occasion was a discussion of the embassy protest in Cairo:
HANNITY: He gave 1.5 billion taxpayer dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood -- Islamists hit our embassy and took our flag down, and put an Al Qaeda flag up there! Where is he? Where is Mr. President leadership?Obviously, dog whistles are no longer in vogue at Fox. Now they're just being bigots in plain sight.
WILLIAMS: Excuse me, but I believe the Bush administration and the Obama administration have supported a freedom agenda in the Middle East -- pro-democracy, and people vote in a way we don't like.
HANNITY: This was never pro-democracy, Juan! This was always the Muslim Brotherhood was going to be in power!
WILLIAMS: It is pro-democracy! They elected the guy from the Muslim Brotherhood!
OBENSHAIN: This president has been steadfast in supporting -- promoting Islam. He does not defend religious -- he does not -- he is not standing -- he never promotes Christians or -- in fact, in fact, attacks them!
WILLIAMS: Oh, stop. Come on Kate. He is not promoting Islam.
OBENSHAIN: Absolutely he is, Juan. Again and again, he puts down Christians, he puts down the Israelis, he goes after them.
WILLIAMS: He is promoting America's national interests and trying to find peace.
OBENSHAIN: He is not promoting religious freedom for anybody except Islam.