CNN Anchor: Should We Accept Anti-Semitism and Anti-Americanism to Effect Change in Middle East (VIDEO)

March 14, 2013 9:27 am 4 comments

Screen shot of Erin Burnett interviewing Laura Bush. Photo: CNN

During an interview that aired Monday with former first lady Laura Bush, CNN anchor Erin Burnett posed the question of whether or not the United States should “accept” anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism “when we want to make change” in the Middle East.

The full transcript of the exchange is below courtesy of the Blaze:

“’An Egyptian woman, her name’s Samir (sic) Ibrahim, and she’s done a lot of things, courageous things. She’s also been criticized for sending tweets that are anti-Semitic, anti-American,’ Burnett said during a segment on the George W. Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program.

‘Does the U.S. need to accept that when we want to make change? You have to support people that do those things — financially in term of awards, in terms of all these things — because it pays off in the end? Is that a trade-off we have to make?’ she asked.

‘Mrs. Bush responded with a laughing, “No.”

‘No, I don’t think so, not necessarily. But I do think it’s really important that we do support women in any way we can in the U.S. And I know American women want to do that,’ she answered.

‘It’s easy for us to recruit the mentors, the American women mentors for our class of Egyptian fellows because American women are interested in women around the world. And they want to see women succeed,’ she answered.”

Ibrahim was slated to receive the State Department’s International Women of Courage Award last week when it was revealed several compromising tweets had been posted to her Twitter page. She originally denied that she had made the offensive tweets, saying that her account had been hacked. She later backtracked and, without admitting fault, blamed the controversy on Zionists.

Watch a video of the interview below:

4 Comments

  • I’m stunned that CNN is regarded with any credibility at all. It’s a good thing they weren’t around in the 1940′s. They would have admired Hitler as a military genius.

  • Perhaps we should accept serial killers, because they rid the world of innocent weak people??? Perhaps we should accept alcoholic drivers because they rid the world of bicyclists and pedestrians? ERIN, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

  • I think that American media does not get the hatred that the Moslems are breast fed on. it is in their mothers milk and passed on from generation to generation. 70 years ago they were saying the same things and way before that. Americans think if they only knew us they would love us and stop hating the Jews. please let me refer you to Hannah Arendt book Eichmann in Jerusalem a report on the Banality of Evil. They have been raised to believe that everything bad that happens in their life is somehow because of the Jews. Can you see the insanity. And their religion teaches them to lie.

  • richard sherman

    This is just another example of why CNN stands for Crescent News Netwok.

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