Massive security in place for AFDI/Jihad Watch Muhammad art exhibit and cartoon contest

ByPamela Geller on May 3, 2015
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“Geller … could not be reached for comment.”

Geller couldn’t be reached for comment? Geller was reached for comment. I responded numerous times to the Melissa Cutler, the FOX News reporter.  What happened? You tell me. But FOX made sure to get a quote from Hamas-CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper, who said that the AFDI event was an attempt to bait the Muslim community. Bait? Freedom of speech is baiting? To do what, exactly? Slaughter?

The fact is that security is massive at the event, which speaks to the eroded state of free speech in this country.

Look at this exchange with the FOX News reporter who wrote the story.

Read this exchange:

From: Melissa Cutler  Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:28 PM
To: “pamelageller@gmail.com” <pamelageller@gmail.com> Cc: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>

Hello Pamela:

My name is Melissa Cutler, and I’m a reporter for Fox 4 News. If you’re in town Friday, I was wondering if we could interview you, before Sunday. If you are, and you’re game, I’d like to pitch the story in Friday’s morning meeting. See if we could get a piece on the air before the event.

My direct e mail is mcutlerfox4@icloud.com.

I appreciate your time! Have a great day.

(fellow Long Islander; South Shore (near Long Beach)

Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:31 PM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Melissa, I will be in town Saturday – will that work?

Yours in liberty,
Pamela Geller

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Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:58 AM
To: Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com>

Pamela:

No, because I wont be reporting that day. Perhaps we can skype?

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From: Pamela Geller [mailto:pamelageller@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 5:31 PM
To: Melissa Cutler
Subject: Re: Sunday’s Exhbit
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Sure — or I can do a satellite remote?
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Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:34 AM
To: Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com>

Ok. I’ll ask around here (since I’m no techie) and see what works.

I’ll first have to pitch the story to our producers. And frankly, I

Have NO IDEA whether we’ll get to do it. (Depends on our resources,

Breaking news, that sort of thing).

But I will let you know as soon as I find out.

Thx!

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Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:36 AM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Understood, Melissa. Standing by.

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Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 9:35 AM
To: Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com>

Pamela:

I got the go-ahead to do the story, pending interviews with Garland law enforcement regarding security, etc. and access to the facility for set-ups. Just a little while longer and I should know if this will fly today.

Thank you for your patience:

Melissa

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From: Pamela Geller [mailto:pamelageller@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 30, 2015 9:37 AM
[Quoted text hidden]

Understood, Melissa. Standing by.

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Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:26 PM
To: “pamelageller@gmail.com” <pamelageller@gmail.com> Cc: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>

Hello:

Satellite interview won’t work, I’m afraid. But I can do a skype interview if you’re available. My cell is 214 288 XXXX. I will get the ball rolling once I hear from you.

Thanks!

Melissa Cutler

Fox 4 News Reporter

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Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 2:34 PM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>

Sure that works – what time

Yours in liberty,
Pamela Geller
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Pamela Geller <pamelageller@gmail.com> Fri, May 1, 2015 at 3:40 PM
To: Melissa Cutler <Melissa.Cutler@foxtv.com>
Melissa, Standing by. Can you give me a time?

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Read what the reporter wrote:

“Extra security in place for Muhammad art, cartoon contest,”  Melissa Cutler, FOX 4 News

A controversial event is scheduled for Sunday at a public school facility in Garland — a contest sponsored by an organizer that critics call an anti-Islamic hate group.

In early January, the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly, were hit by two brothers who carried out a brutal assault with military-like precision because the satirical newspaper was printing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

The brothers machine-gunned down a dozen people and injured about a dozen more.

That event inspired another event in Garland –- a Draw the Prophet art exhibit and cartoon contest that will take place Sunday at the Curtis Caldwell Center.

There, metal detectors inside and blockades outside are in place as a precaution.

“We’ll be paying attention to any kind of chatter that we need to,” said Officer Joe Harn with the Garland Police Department. “If anything raises suspicions, we will react to that.”

Following the Hebdo attack, an Islamic Stand with Prophet conference was held at the Caldwell center, denouncing Islamophobia.

Outside, hundreds of people attended a free speech rally.

The organizer of that rally, and of Sunday’s event, is Pamela Geller, a controversial anti-Islamic activist who has been labeled by some as an extremist.

Garland ISD, which owns the center, has said it has a non-discriminatory facilities policy.

At the moment, Garland police say they haven’t seen any reason for additional concern on social media, but they know that could change in an instant.

“Once inside the building, these people that are putting on the event, they’re in charge of that,” said Harn. “We’re just gonna make sure that everybody is safe on the outside and that there’s nobody getting inside that’s not supposed to be there.”

The local chapter of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, says it is an attempt to bait the Muslim community and it is not planning to protest the art exhibit.

Geller and Garland ISD could not be reached for comment.

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  • Crystal Waters

    Whatever dysfunction Brian Williams has, it appears to be contagious, and if Fox has any credibility they will fire this reporter.

  • Rick Smith

    Another dhimmi stooge who doesn’t have the
    first idea about Islamic ideology or Muhammad’s non-whitewashed history.
    Is it intellectual laziness, or just too much leftist indoctrination?

    • FM505

      Choice.

      • Rick Smith

        Yeah, maybe both.

    • J. Neville Groff

      I imagine its a response to beheadings, rapings, stoning of women, forcing them to dress like beekeepers, etc.

  • Proud Kafir

    Cowards…it seems that they are not doing their duty !! misleading the people by giving wrong information !!! Such kind of Biased reporting will surely end up their Credibility. People will think twice before believing such channel & will reject their opinions/ discussions …..Even a real fox animal will not behave in such biased way !!
    Anyways, All the best for historic event !!

  • RCCA

    It sounds like a set up and she was not expecting Pamela to be so cooperative. Melissa got cold feet. A lying Douchebat.

  • Fromafar

    Well, someone at Fox 4 certainly has an agenda……
    News simply isn’t news anymore, it’s all opinion and propaganda.
    Can’t wait to hear the reports from Pamela at events end…..

  • Jaque

    Does FOX know this reporter acted so unprofessionally?

    • Crystal Waters

      They should. I posted a copy of this page in the comment section of Cutler’s page and asked why she should not be fired. I encourage everyone to do the same. Fox dedicated so much time to Brian Williams’ false reporting, I don’t see how Fox could keep this reporter and maintain credibility.

  • cmh

    Actually this db is doing exactly what all reporters in the MSM do… this is the true process. As a matter of fact, she is so on cue with the MSM programmed pattern she should get an award from them and catapulted to the front of the pack of the unethical, un-journalistic talking heads clique.

  • Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.

    Why?

    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

    Read how fear controls Islam at: http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/

    • wakeup333

      Great stuff, Bob. Congrats!

    • IzlamIsTyranny

      Um, non-muslims aren’t allowed in Mecca at all, period, full stop. The punishment for anyone found in Mecca who isn’t muslim? DEATH.

    • spudwhisperer

      “…Because, Islam trains a small number…”.

      Small number? It’s in the Koran. Any Muslim would tell you that it is the duty of ALL Muslims to carry out fatwa death sentences against “offenders”.
      It doesn’t take any training to show up with a weapon, scream “ALLAH HU AKBAR!” and attack an “offender”.

  • minted

    You can hear from her tone in her response to you that she’s a total b*tch. It sounds fake, like a set-up. She got disappointed that you actually responded. Fook these journalists! A bunch of lying c*nts is what they are. They should be sued for deceit.

  • Prinz Eugen

    Must admit, i am not impressed with cartoon humour to combat the islamic death cult. Cartoons were in vogue in the 1940′;s — but they were NOT the main element of the war on the enemy. For the real war, we had B-17s, B-24s,, B-29s, carriers and battleships galore — and our weapons were USED effectively!

    Burn some korans — burn many korans!

    • Tommy Hunt

      It’s just another arrow in the quiver and if we don’t defend free speech, we lose it. And yeah, I also burn the Koran.

    • FM505

      Oh yeah, that will stop them in their tracks. Good combat strategy…

  • cmh
  • IzlamIsTyranny

    “two brothers” hit the Charlie Hebdo offices. Gee, ain’t it kinda strange that no mention is made of the religion of these two brothers? The enemedia is full of excrement. They couldn’t lie straight in bed.

  • Morticiaa

    So typical of reporters
    I admire what you are doing to emphasize and underline the free speech
    That is a fundamental in free democratic societies.

    Here in Canada I have been wearing the Charlie Hebdo T shirt all over,
    And had three major assaults resulting to my person, one where a burka bitch threw hot coffee all over me, police called, witness but no way to
    Identify them, next one at my gym a YMCA where a worker at the registration desk took issue and began yelling abuse at me, then the
    Stupid local manager phoned me inferring I was in the wrong, so I wrote and phoned the general manager of the YMCA in the city/Province ,
    The last one was in a Safeway store when I passed by a burka with her baby carriage, and I knew she would make trouble, sure enough,
    On my way out , the assistant manager called me over, she had complained to him likely tearful, poor mom, who said she was verbally abused by Me and was phoning the police, which he told me, and seemed
    Quite upset about…..I was in a rush, and so couldn’t stay to confront
    These imbeciles….just left and wrote in a complaint to their customer service….
    They tell me I am baiting them to, but I keep wearing the ugly logo
    On my shirt, because I can. To quote my Hero Pamela Geller

    • IzlamIsTyranny

      I admire your courage. I once gave the evil eye to some head bag in a Sams Club. She was driving one of those handicapped scooters and tried to run me over!

    • FM505

      Rock solid… hang tough.

    • disqus_HlH4Faibhw

      So let me guess….they were upset because you disagree with Charlie Hebdo people being slaughtered? Awww….poor widdle tings…..

    • sandra schmidt

      You are a courageous person. Stay safe.

    • Cara C

      Maybe you should wear a body cam and post your footage online and/or give it to the police as needed.

  • Melanie Schielder

    what a bitch, yeah I said it

    “The organizer of that rally, and of Sunday’s event, is Pamela Geller, a controversial anti-Islamic activist who has been labeled by some as an extremist.”

    only a brainless sheep that enjoys being spoon fed the cool aid from the left would print something like this

    Pamela is not an anti-Islamic activist, she’s anti-jihad, and the only extreme I see Pamela being is for the rights to continue having free speech

    • SexistTrooper

      Well, Pamela shows her own bias and craziness when she says, “Bait? Freedom of speech is baiting?”

      Yes, freedom of speech can be baiting. Is it baiting if I walk up to a parent and say, “Your 12 year old daughter looks really hot. Maybe I’ll have the chance to try her out when she turns 18?” I have the Freedom of Speech to say that, but it is definitely baiting.

      Of course, wacko hard right nutjobs are forced to guzzle the Flavor Aid and are brainless sheep, and are incapable of looking at more than one side of an issue. So you probably don’t recognize that Pamela IS an extremist, and won’t hesitate to mislead you.

      I’m not defending the Religion of Satan, or what these Muslims did. Just pointing out that you have your fools on the right leading you and misleading, and you people are more deluded than virtually every other political faction in the US.

      • Auralae

        I strongly disagree with your example—-it is no where NEAR comparable. A far better example would be the “art” work that has been displayed against Christ and Mary (the mother of Christ, as opposed to Magdalene–though she too is an example) –that at least is concerning the same subject. (blasphemy as ‘art’) Your own bias though shows in what you did choose to use…..perhaps because no Christian violence came to mind with ANY more appropriately similar “bait”? Meanwhile, Geller is attempting to warn Americans that Islam is inherently violent, that it’s adherents WILL attempt to kill anyone who “insults” their prophet–and lo and behold! -Gonna walk back any of your statements?

        • Christians and Jews are regularly castigated, yet they blow nothing up—but yet, we’re the ‘extremists..’

      • rsklaroff

        This reflect all that is wrong with appeasement; its author was driven to try to equate political speech with sexual abuse.

      • GMBurns

        I have daughters, and have been in a situation very much like that you describe. My answer has always been to look at the miscreant carefully, like I’m actually considering it, and then say, “You don’t have a chance”.

        Words are words, and should be responded to with words.

        • Janelle

          Perfect reply! He is well acquainted with baiting, it seems.

      • “Pamela is an extremist”

        So, it’s Pamela that’s the problem. It’s all Pamela’s fault that Muslims murdered 300 Christians this last wknd. It’s Pamela’s fault that Muslims blow up buildings, are a threat to every nation they inhabit.
        It’s never the Muslims fault, just as it wasn’t the fault of young, black males in Baltimore who destroyed business’s.

        Everything is the fault of the right wing,. never the perp’s and never ever you Left wing gasbags who coddle the terrorists, who coddle the rapists, coddle the anti Christian, anti Jew wackos…

        Christians and Jews are regularly castigated, we blow nothing up—but yet, we’re the ‘extremists..’

        • Auralae

          Exactly! Years ago, shortly after 9/11, some female talking head actually said something along the lines of ‘Well, if you left a bunch of Jewish men out in the desert with the Old Testament, and that’s all they taught their sons with, you’d end up with something similar to Muslims’
          ?!?!?!
          Reality means nothing to these people!! For millennia Jews used the Torah to teach their children everything from the alphabet (aleph bet…) to–well, EVERYTHING and what we got was JEWS!!

      • Zurrame

        Wacko hard right nutjobs? really?? how you closed the gap between being anti-jihad and being a pedophile I know not.. You can say that to my daughter but it would be cause for alarm from her dad.. Religion of Satan jeezzzz.. Get a life lady…

      • Cara C

        Islam is not an innocent 12-year-old child and her loving parent. It’s a religion that teaches people to rape, behead, stone, murder, and terrorize all who don’t submit. Our idiot government and media keep bleating, “It’s a religion of peace” when we have 1,400 years of evidence it’s a religion of extreme violence and oppression. Pamela does all she can to wake the American people up to the wolf at our door.

  • FM505

    Pamela, you’re too patient with the cub reporter.

  • Steve

    Here’s what I see: The last email from the reporter gave Geller her phone number and said she’d “get the ball rolling” once she heard from her. Then Geller emails back, asking “what time?” I don’t know what the “what time?” question is about. It appears to me the reporter was at that point waiting for Geller to call: “Once I hear from you.” And it appears Cutler never herd from Geller, except by email which may not have been checked again. I know if I give someone my number and say I’m waiting to hear from you, I expect you to call me, not email asking over and over what time.

    • FM505

      Melissa… is that you….?

    • GMBurns

      A reporter who doesn’t check the email she uses to arrange interviews? That is fantasy.
      Geller needed to know ‘what time’ so that she could schedule. She isn’t a pajama-boy waiting around with nothing to do. She is quite in demand for interviews, if you hadn’t noticed.
      Now, if you hypothesized that the reporter was incompetent, rather than merely pretending she wanted an interview, I would have to admit it as a possibility.

  • John Ceglarski

    Thank you for defending free speech. I think you have created an islamic bug zapper. Just post huge cartoons of pedophile mohamed and wait for the devoted peacefull ones to show up.

    • Gleaner1

      LOVE your humour, my thoughts exactly.

  • sandra schmidt

    Melissa sounds like a wet behind the ears dhimmi millenial.

    • disqus_HlH4Faibhw

      That’s about what’s reporting the news lately. Harf barf and what-not. What about that other contingent who interviewed her a while back. One little turd was telling her he viewed her ads as picking on “muslims”. Funny…the word wasn’t even on there. Obviously he was illiterate. This is what they graduate from journalism programs these days. Or should I say “journalism”…yeah…right….

  • disqus_HlH4Faibhw

    I give Pam credit for trying to deal with all these jackass reporters. Honestly…like she says…they’re the enemedia. No matter what she says or does these dipshits will only end up calling her a racist and accuse her of picking on muslims. If it was me, I’d just finally tell them all to go fukk themselves. I’d exercise my right to free speech and tell them that if they’re too fukking LAME to understand what I mean, that they can just go shove it up their asses.

  • Jay Dillon

    An art exhibit of free artists in a free society becomes some sort of entrapment? Well, I am certainly very glad there was excellent security at that art exhibit. It might be pointed out that here we have an example of free artists exhibiting their own free expressions, completely within their rights, and also, we have a situation in which these same artists are well protected by an appropriate level of force, which is also their right in a free society, and thank God for it. Based on this attack today by fanatic and poisonous Islamofascists, all artists and all freethinkers in the USA should get familiar with appropriate means of self defense, because there are hundreds of millions of Muslims in the world and they are not all to be trusted, unfortunately, as they have amply proven throughout history.

  • nacazo

    A rat wrote:

    “(fellow Long Islander; South Shore (near Long Beach)”

  • surfergrl

    Send the email chain to her editorial manager – she lost what could have been a lead to a breaking ongoing story. stupid, lazy – bye career.

  • DonnaBianca

    Police should be asking WHY there were no Muslim protesters at this event.

    Not a single local or national Islamic group organized a protest there.
    Even though they knew about this event well in advance.

    Not a single Muslim protester was in the line of fire when the armed attackers drove up and began shooting.

    That deserves some investigation, I would think.

  • Eyal Hirsh

    What the heck is going on

  • KindnessIsBest

    There have been plenty of “not so nice” commentary toward Christians and Jews and African Americans and White Americans and other ethnic and religious groups. The response is not violence but typically just disgust, disappointment, hurt feelings, sadness, or anger which quite frankly are all appropriate. Listen people- just be kind to each other. We are all human. We are more the same——-than different. Respect, kindness, tolerance are the behaviors needed here by ALL. Freedom of speech is precious. Let’s be decent and respectful people.

  • ermom

    Keep on telling the truth, Pamela. The truth has no agenda. We MUST stand up for FREE SPEECH, and our First Amendment rights, or they will be lost in this generation.

  • paendragon

    Melissa Cutler is a lying slanderer, pandering to the enemy by using such descriptors as “A controversial event” … “sponsored by an organizer that critics call an anti-Islamic hate group” and “Pamela Geller,” (is) “a controversial anti-Islamic activist who has been labeled by some (SHE FORGOT TO SAY “SOME MUSLIMS”) “as an extremist.”

    She also said “In early January, the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French weekly, were
    hit by two brothers who carried out a brutal assault with military-like precision because the satirical newspaper was printing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. The brothers machine-gunned down a dozen people and injured about a dozen more.”

    She repeatedly only CALLS THE MUSLIM TERRORISTS “TWO BROTHERS” as if their accidental familial connection was more relevant to the story than their creed!

    More proof that FAUX Noise is at least partly owned by a Saudomite muslim prince.

  • I am sure countless people would like to view the art submitted to the contest… is there an internet location for same?

  • Cara C

    I turned off Fox when they openly lied about Obama’s eligibility issues rather than reporting the damning information coming out online and in the lawsuits. Though they’re not leftists like the rest, they’re clearly part of the corporatist mainstream media and their agenda isn’t to tell the truth to the American people. Shame on Fox. Bravo to Geller. A billionaire patriot should buy her a network. America needs people with her knowledge, courage, and integrity running our media.

  • Lowell Eneix

    The dead terrorists could still be alive and interviewed had they protested with signs and shouting. JMHO.