To be fair, it was only on Fox News.com’s online show “Spirited Debate,” but Lauren Green’s interview with Dr. Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth is one of the worst displays of ignorance on a Fox News property… well, all morning!
It starts going downhill with the first question:
“I want to be clear, so you’re a Muslim. Why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”
Aslan, obviously taken aback by her aggressive query, replied:
“To be clear, I am a scholar of religions with four degrees, including one in the New Testament and fluency in biblical Greek, who has been studying the origins of Christianity for two decades, who also just happens to be a Muslim. So it’s not that I’m just some Muslim writing about Jesus, I am an expert with a PhD in the history of religions.”
But Lauren Green is like a stubborn dog who’ll simply just not give up. Watch in horror as she seemingly cannot help herself from digging her teeth deeper into the leg of her own blinkered idiocy.
This is a bit of a slow burn, but by the end of it, you’ll be just as flummoxed as Reza Aslan was. The petty way she prods him is ridiculous and unprofessional. A little more self-awareness might come in handy for a job like hers, but then again, at then again, at a place like Fox News, this embarrassing demonstration of fealty to stupidity might see Lauren Green get a promotion…