On his radio show, Glenn Beck tells all of his listeners that 10% of Muslims are terrorists and 1.5% of Americans want to violently overthrow their government. Fareed Zakaria decides to challenge the numbers noting that means Beck is accusing 157 million Muslims of being terrorists. Using State Department figures and generously inflating the participation required to plan and execute them, Zakaria comes up with a number 150 times smaller than Beck’s claim. The highly regarded journalist Peter Bergen says Beck’s numbers are off by 1000%. As part of a PR spin, Beck’s producer claimed Glenn was technically correct because the dictionary defines terrorists as inclusive of those advocating terrorism. Zakaria finishes with a beautiful snipe on Beck using his violent overthrow of the government numbers, his anger-fueling radio program and sweepingly broad terrorist definition.
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