Todd Manzi

Last week, Matt Lauer interviewed Jay Bennish, the Colorado teacher whose 20-minute socialist diatribe was taped by one of his students. Lauer asked Bennish, "On the tape you can hear Sean Allen asking you questions that seem to be egging you on a little bit. Do you feel you were set up?"

Lauer has set himself up for us, once again, to question his journalistic competence and his obvious liberal bias. Apparently, he has listened to the tape. It’s disgusting he has the audacity to say Allen set Bennish up.

On tape, the teacher spews forth his tainted view of U.S. drug policy, capitalism, the war in Iraq and President Bush’s State of the Union Speech. After all of that, Bennish makes a statement equivocating Hamas terrorist acts with our efforts in Iraq. Allen asks:

"Isn’t there a difference of having Hamas being like 'we want to attack Israelis because they are Israelis' and having us saying we want to attack people who are known terrorists? Isn’t there a difference between saying we’re going to attack innocents and we’re going to attack people who are not innocent?”

Bennish responds:

"But you have to remember who is doing the defining of a terrorist. What is a terrorist?"


"When people are attacking us on our own soil and are actually attempting to take American lives and taking American lives. Whereas Israelis in this situation aren’t saying we want to blow up Palestine."

Bennish then proceeds to claim that Israel engaged in numerous terrorist actions including the assassination of a British Prime Minister. Allen tries to bring the conversation back on point:

"But it is just to say that it is okay to attack Israel if it’s okay to attack known terrorists is it okay to attack Israel?"

Bennish then makes the argument that Palestinians are justified if they consider the United States and Israel terrorists. This leads to the following exchange:

Allen:  "We did not have the intention of killing their innocent people; we had the intention of killing a known terrorist."

Bennish: "Do you know that?"

Allen: "So we’re saying that the US has intentions to kill innocent people?"

Bennish: "I don’t know the answer to that question."

Allen: "What gain do we get from killing innocent people in the Middle East? What gain does that get us?"

Todd Manzi

Todd Manzi is a media critic.

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