A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain, (attributed)
James O’Keefe’s NPR video has been well debunked at this point, but the truth is still catching up to the lie. One of the most persistent talking points is the claim that Ron Schiller ( who was not a news reporter or producer) knew he was talking to a group associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. At no point in O’Keefe’s original video – laden with his associate’s narrative – does the fake group calling itself the Muslim Education Action Center (MEAC) say it is affiliated with the Brotherhood. Even if they had, the MB is not a designated terrorist organization. Bush 43 knew and meet with Iraqi government Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi who was and is a member of the Iraq Islamic Party, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some members of al-Hashimi family were murdered by Sunni insurgents. If the Muslim Brotherhood is composed entirely of terrorists ( as many right-wing web sites claim) than why did Bush allow him to stay in office while the U.S. was micromanaging the Iraqi elections and government. Anyone can read the history of the Muslim Brotherhood on Wikipedia. While they are not the last word on the matter the organization has a mixed record. They are officially anti-violence and condemned the attack of 9-11. On the other hand some extremists have splintered off from them and pursued violence – though that violence has been directed at governments in the Middle-East. Republicans are associated with groups who have committed acts of domestic terror such as the Minutemen and Operation Rescue. Knowing this it would be unfair to say that all Republicans are terrorists. Domestic terror is not exclusive to the Right, but according to statistics they commit the largest share of violence. Just recently members of the right-wing conservative militia group in Alaska were arrested for a plot that involved plans to murder public officials.