Why is Pat Robertson Mad?

Because people keep quoting him, making him look bad!

How dare they alert the media to what he says on his show?!

From Tuesday night’s episode of The 700 Club:

ROBERTSON: Well, our next story and our next guest, I know about personally. There’s an organization and they’re called People For the American Way. They have camped on this program for decades. They record every single word that I say. If there’s any possibility that they can catch something or change it, and then feed it to the AP, they do, and so the next thing you know it’s a big story. Then, in — added to them, was one of their ACLU operative who started an organization called Americans United with Separation of Church and State. They have people assigned to monitor every word, and then to take those words, change them often, take connectives out of them, change the sense of it, and then feed it to the — a willing agent in the Associated Press. Then, on top of that, there’s another group that’s — I think has backing from somebody like George Soros, called, what — what is it? Media Matters. So, there are three of them trying to stifle the speech on this program and to embarrass those who make it.

Of course, no one’s taking anything out of context or twisting it. They’re simply repeating what Robertson said.

Maybe he just doesn’t realize how idiotic he actually sounds…

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Rob Boston of Americans United responds:

As usual, Robertson is not telling the whole story. It is true that Americans United has a staff member who, among other duties, watches and records the “700 Club” every day. We consider this a hardship post, and to date, no one has been able to do it more than two years.

Sometimes when Robertson says something unusually intolerant or just plain off the wall, we prepare a transcript and alert the media. The Religious Right is extreme, and the American people need to know that. (It’s not always the Associated Press. Sometimes we give the material to The New York Times, The Washington Post or Pat’s hometown newspaper, the Virginian-Pilot.)

What we don’t do is change anything. Our transcripts are word-for-word, straight from Pat’s big mouth. It would be foolish for Americans United to alter the transcripts in any way, since broadcasts of the “700 Club” are online at the Christian Broadcast Network’s Web site. Any reporter can check out what Robertson said right on the CBN site, so tinkering with them would be a sure way for AU to blow its credibility.

Rob also includes a list of Robertson quotations.

They’re not taken out of context. Just complete in-context absurdity.

Rob adds:

It seems Robertson is concerned over how he is being perceived and perhaps even his place in history. As someone who has followed Robertson’s career for more than 20 years, I have some advice: If you don’t want to be seen as an extremist, Pat, then stop going on television and saying extreme things.

  • Darryl

    Isn’t it amazing that people who, if asked, would forcefully declare their goodness and truthfulness, are the biggest liars? Nobody lies, and denies it, like fundies, unless it’s fundie-Republicans–ooh, they’re the worst! I would remind my fundy friends of what their Bible says: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

  • Francois Basson

    I feel terribly sorry for the person in charge of watching and recording that show every day.

  • http://www.myspace.com/timandjeffrey Tim D.

    I always wonder why anyone even cares what he says, anymore.

    …oh, wait, now I remember. Because he has money and a huge influence over the Christian Wrong.

    Dammit.

  • llewelly

    Pat Robertson is mad because religion causes madness.

  • Justin

    I think there is a pattern that, when you criticize a high-profile conservative, his/her supporters (or the targets of criticism themselves) will defend those people not by explaining how we are wrong but by attacking your motivation/honesty/integrity/moral consistency. It is really an “Attack the Messenger” mentality.

    Hopefully, the American people are starting to get tired of this shtick.

  • Richard Wade

    Maybe he just doesn’t realize how idiotic he actually sounds…

    True idiots don’t think they sound idiotic. Just take a look at our glorious leader. He thinks he’s smart and he thinks he’s actually running the show.

    Robertson has a dedicated team of medical doctors and spin doctors on duty 24-7 waiting to do damage control whenever he (more and more often) says something idiotic. The medical doctors extract his foot from deep in his esophagus and the spin doctors either say “Well, this is what he really meant to say…” or more often, as Justin points out, attack the character of those who call attention to the choking preacher.

  • BZ

    “We consider this a hardship post, and to date, no one has been able to do it more than two years.”

  • http://http: grazatt

    is Pat Robertson mad,bad, or just plain sad?

  • http://metroblog.blogspot.com Metro

    Robertson’s still alive? Must be his Age-Defying Shake.

  • cipher

    Robertson’s still alive? Must be his Age-Defying Shake.

    Death-defying, more likely. Have you seen him lately? Age-defying it ain’t.

  • http://skepticsplay.blogspot.com/ miller

    On the flip side, it is quite easy to quote-mine people without realizing it. But until Pat Robertson provides a specific example, we can’t tell.


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