Why interview him in the first place?

So CNN acts shocked that when bringing in a well-known radical British Muslim cleric to interview, he’d decide to have a little ‘joke’ with the sound check.

My question is, why even bring the guy on in the first place?  His views are well-known, and there’s no need to augment his reputation by giving him a platform.  There is no public purpose to be served by having him on air.

If you really want to educate the public about an issue, try bringing the Goreacle back on and ask him about his ‘prophecy’ that the polar ice caps would be completely melted by now.  (Hint: he was not just wrong but 180-out!)

 

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