Reza Aslan: "I Feel Really Bad for Lauren Green"

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July 31 2013 2:07 PM

Reza Aslan on Fox News' Bias and Feeling "Really Bad" for Lauren Green

Reza Aslan may have had a pretty good idea of what to expect when he sat down with Fox News last week, but he says that doesn't mean he doesn't feel a little badly about how his one-sided victory played out for the woman he vanquished.

"Well, look, I watch Fox News, anyone who watches Fox News knows that they have an inherent anti-Muslim bias in their reporting and has been for quite some time," Aslan told MSNBC's Alex Wagner. "It's very successful for them. I don't actually blame them for it. They're a commercial enterprise. They know how to sell a product and, frankly, fear sells a product. I do want to say one quick thing though. Look, I feel really bad for Lauren Green. You know this, Alex, anybody on your show knows this that Lauren was sitting there being yelled at by some producer in her ear."

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Something tells me that won't ease Green's pain. (UPDATE: Silly me, Fox News can't feel pain!)

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