As the old saying goes, it’s better late than never. That particular adage may apply to the handful of conservative-leaning national news outlets picking up on Carly Fiorina’s 2001 speech to Hewlett-Packard in which she claimed the Islamic World from the centuries spanning 800 – 1600 was “a civilization that was the greatest in the world.”
As reported by NBC News and the self-proclaimed progressive-leaning Mother Jones news portal, both on Aug. 17, 2015, former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took to social media the day prior notifying her followers on Twitter that a guest columnist penned an opinion article on ChristianHeadlines.com regarding Fiorina’s 14-year-old speech while still the CEO at the computer giant. Either provocative or indifferent, depending on one’s perspective, Fiorina’s speech, entitled “Technology, Business and Our Way of Life: What’s Next” prompted the former North Star State congresswoman to tweet, “Carly Fiorina delivered this speech in MPLS praising Muslims 2 weeks after 911” along with the web address.
As NBC News reporter Nick Kim Sexton correctly noted regarding the GOP hopeful’s speech, “Fiorina lauded the contributions of ancient Islamic civilization to modern American society, saying that the ‘gifts [of Muslim civilizations] are very much a part of our heritage.'” However, the author of the op/ed in question took exception to, as she interpreted the speech, Fiorina’s attempt to pass her personal opinion as factual information.
As Bethany Blankley opined in her article, Carly Fiorina’s Post 9/11 Speech in Praise of Islam Resurfaces, Fiorina’s statements on Sept. 26, 2001 “evidence her exceptional ineptitude or blatant, galling, willful deceit.” Blankley cited a number of Fiorina’s claims accompanied with her retorts. With Fiorina’s words from her speech in quotation marks, a handful of examples include: