At least two prominent CNN personalities (Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper) have grilled Michele Bachmann's baseless conspiracy theory of tying Abedin, Keith Ellison, Grover Norquist, and other Muslims to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Nevertheless, TeaNN contributor Loesch repeated the false claim by Bachmann without challenge on her radio show.
Last week, CNN contributor Dana Loesch claimed a State Department official has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood -- even as her CNN co-workers Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper dismissed such charges as "McCarthy-like."
Loesch discussed Bachmann's Brotherhood infiltration theory with anti-Islam activist Brigitte Gabriel. When Gabriel said that it was "about time our government begins an investigation into the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood into our government," Loesch agreed, saying, "Absolutely," then added:
LOESCH: Looking especially at how some of our foreign policy has been handled, Hillary Clinton essentially siding with the Muslim Brotherhood candidate in Egypt, and then it was discovered that her top aide -- Huma Abedin -- is essentially a member of the female version of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Muslim Sisterhood. All of this -- it seems enough to me to pose questions as to why our government is becoming so close with a group that has been so hostile to the United States, has fought against the United States, has sided with terrorists, and is a very oppressive regime that believes in Sharia law.
From the 07.19.2012 edition of KFTK's The Dana Show:
Loesch then took her defense of Bachmann to Big Journalism.
The Republican establishment has long kept Michele Bachmann at arm's length and the exploitation of her simple inquiry into foreign policy matters (along with Louie Gohmert, Tom Rooney, Trent Franks, and Lynn Westmorland) is just another example. What's worse: they seem eager to work in tandem with the media to help push along the overdramatic and purposeful mischaracterization of the group's inquiry -- and set their sights specifically on Bachmann.
The best way to assuage the congressional members' questions about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration is, of course, to prove that they are irrevocably without merit, which isn't done by attacking Bachmann ad hominem and challenging her character. Unfortunately, that's not the route the DC establishment chose.
At least a few high-level Republicans have stuck up for Abedin, such as Arizona Senator and 2008 GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain, Speaker John Boehner, and surprisingly, Congresscritter Jim Sensenbrenner.